The cosmetics company that had a major explosion in November of last year has been fined.

Verla Cosmetics, on Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, was recently cited and fined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to a press release. OSHA cited the company for failing to protect its employees from harmful chemicals and other hazards. Verla International LTD has been fined $281,220.

The investigation led to 11 citations, and the company had similar citations in 2013.

The company was investigated following the explosion and fire in November, which lead to the death of one employee and injured 125 people. Video footage is available of the explosion, and Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Fire Services Vini Tankasali said the explosion was caused by static electricity igniting a flammable liquid.

The investigation led to 11 citations, and the company had similar citations in 2013, according to the press release.

The citations include violations for fall, compressed air hazards, failing to ensure proper electrical grounding and bonding to prevent flammable vapors from igniting, violations of properly disposing flammable materials, violations for developing and implementing an emergency response plan, violations for providing employees with first responder awareness level training, and the fatality that came with the explosion and fire.

The company has 15 days from receiving the citations to correct the issues and request a conference with OSHA or must file a dispute for the claims within the 15 days.


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