US Dept of Labor

Occupational Safety & Health AdministrationWe Can Help

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.
Trade News Release Banner Image

National News Release    USDL 02-091
February 13, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

FLORIDA EXPLOSIVES MANUFACTURER SETTLES SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS

WASHINGTON-MEI Holdings, Inc. has agreed to hire a full-time safety and health director, implement a comprehensive safety and health program, and provide training to all of its production employees, as part of a final settlement agreement announced today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company will also pay $300,000 in penalties for safety and health violations at its Perry, Fla., plant.

The agreement settles citations issued by OSHA against MEI Holdings, Inc., (doing business as Martin Electronics) on October 30, 2000, following an explosion that destroyed a building used for drying wet composition of potentially volatile chemicals that are used for infrared decoy flares. The explosion claimed the life of one employee and seriously injured another.

"We can never turn back the clock and replace a lost life or even make up for injuries that resulted from this tragic accident," said Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "However, we can lead by example to prevent future accidents and MEI has shown a willingness to eliminate hazards and better protect their employees."

"By agreeing to resolve this matter and implement new programs, MEI has taken major steps to improve the safety and health of their employees," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "This tells us they are serious about improving working conditions at their facility."

MEI Holdings employs about 285 workers at the Perry facility. The company manufactures and supplies military pyrotechnics/explosives to the Department of Defense.

###


This news release text is on the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.


Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close