Man dies from injuries after chemical fire

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The Cincinnati fire chief confirmed Zachary Henzerling died Saturday morning due to injuries sustained in a chemical fire in Spring Grove Village Henzerling and another individual were taken to UC Medical Center after the fire, which happened around 3:45 a.m. in the 4500 block of Spring Grove Avenue.

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DAD

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Jun 5, 2013
 
My son Zachary Aaron James Henzerling had been on the job for less than a month, his first real job.The company Environmental Enterprises Inc. threw him onto a third shift the company had just started with limited supervision and training.OSHA reports will be coming out on this matter sometime between June 5, 2013 and July 4th. My son was a kind,caring young man that had his hole life in front of him. He had just got engaged a week before the explosion and was looking forward to being a father to his girlfriends daughter.He also took care of my mother , his 82 year old grandmother, took her to church,to the store and doctor appointments. I am proud he was my son, he was also my friend and MY hero. I LOVE YOU ZACH, LOVE DAD
Henery

South Webster, OH

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He should have been more careful. Shame.
DAD

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Jun 28, 2013
 
Henery wrote:
He should have been more careful. Shame.
Yea , and he should have been trained too. And I received the OSHA REPORT, Several cancer causing chemicals found on his clothes , including lead.And nether him nor the person he was working with had ever been trained on the highly unstable chemical they were working with. Three weeks on the job . Do you think you will say "he should have been more careful " If it is your son we were talking about? I think not. I pray you never have to feel what I feel. Maybe you should think before you open your mouth.
CINCINNATI – Environmental Enterprises Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration with 22 safety and health violations after a fire and explosion occurred at the Cincinnati waste treatment facility on Dec. 28. Two employees were severely burned by the fire, one fatally.
“Environmental Enterprises demonstrated a complete disregard for employee’s safety and health by failing to recognize and train employees on potentially dangerous interactions between materials being handled and tools in use,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director for its Cincinnati office.“Even after this tragic explosion, the company failed to immediately address procedures and ensure employees knew how to use appropriate personal protective equipment and properly handle hazardous waste such as sodium chlorate. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, and educating employers about safety and health regulations.”
OSHA determined the cause of the fire and explosion to be the ignition of an organic industrial filter cartridge filled with sodium chlorate, a strong oxidizer. The likely source of the ignition was an electrically-powered reciprocating saw that the employees received permission to use to remove metal end caps and mesh from the filter. When in contact with incompatible materials, including organics, sodium chlorate becomes sensitive to reactions capable of resulting in fire and violent explosions.
As a result of the four willful violations found related to the fatality, OSHA has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. OSHA's SVEP focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer's facilities if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations at related work sites of the employer. OSHA has also proposed fines of $325,710.
The four willful violations cited involve failing to develop and implement hazardous waste handling procedures, to provide new training to employees assigned to handle waste materials, to select and ensure the use of proper personal protective equipment, and to train workers on its selection and use for protection from various materials that are part of their routine assignments. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing of voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Nine serious safety violations relate to the use of electrical equipment within the flammable storage room causing a fire hazard, not developing material handling procedures, inadequate hazardous waste processing and permit-confined space procedures, failing to conduct periodic inspections of energy-control procedures and lack of training and personal protective equipment for employees assigned to work on energized circuits.
DAD

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Jun 28, 2013
 
Nine serious safety violations relate to the use of electrical equipment within the flammable storage room causing a fire hazard, not developing material handling procedures, inadequate hazardous waste processing and permit-confined space procedures, failing to conduct periodic inspections of energy-control procedures and lack of training and personal protective equipment for employees assigned to work on energized circuits.
An additional seven serious health violations involve the lack of a hearing conservation program; improper storage of flammable liquids; failing to develop a hazard communication program; not fully developing decontamination procedures and a written emergency response plan; allowing lead, inorganic arsenic and cadmium dust accumulation; inadequate exposure control plan; and violations of the blood borne pathogen program. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The current citations may be viewed at
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/EEI_Safety_...
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/EEI_Health_...
Environmental Enterprises Inc. is headquartered in Cincinnati where it employs about 85 workers. The company also has business-related facilities in Columbus, Ohio; Virginia and Pennsylvania, which employ an additional 35 workers.
DAD

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Jun 28, 2013
 
Henery wrote:
He should have been more careful. Shame.
I'm guessing your Henery trucking? Do you train your employee's on how to handle haz-mat?? And how to placard a truck , what not to load together on the same trucks? Of coarse you do, I worked in the trucking industry. Lots of training just to work on a dock. Now imagine a company that handles only chemical waste. How much training do you think a young kid out of high school might need before he even touches that stuff???
NOW GO READ THE OSHA REPORT. And think before you wright something insensitive that you have no idea what you are talking about. It could cost you in your wallet where it really hurts you. Karma and God might not take kindly to your little snide comment. sincerely,
Zach's Dad
Judy

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Was he on HEROIN?!
DAD

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Was he on HEROIN?!
Wow , are you 12?

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