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Temporary Plant Closure Due to Explosion

  • Friday, 29th August 2003
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U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp’s Ocala Plant has been shut down temporarily due to an explosion on 18 August that resulted in one fatal accident. All employees were immediately evacuated from the facility and were notified not to report to work during the emergency closing.

The accident occurred in an outdoor recycled wood drying area. As a result of the accident, an employee was fatally injured while working near the outdoor wood dryer system, where an apparent gas explosion took place during the start-up of the unit.

Recycled wood is used solely in the Company’s composite decking products, which was the area effected by the incident. All other product lines manufactured at the Ocala plant sustained no damage.

Mark Alsentzer, Chairman, CEO and President of USPL stated, “”We are deeply saddened by the fatality caused by this accident. The safety of our employees is of the utmost importance to both the company and myself. We are actively investigating the cause of the accident and will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our employees.””

The Ocala plant manufactures composite decking products made from recycled wood and recycled plastic resin. The Company anticipates the plant will be closed for a short period, approximately one to two weeks, while it completes an investigation into the accident and its causes and commences repairs in order to resume production.

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