PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free ebook on Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


2 Paint Plant Explosions Injure 3

Friday, March 8, 2013

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Two explosions and a massive fire at a coatings plant near Chicago this week injured three people and sparked panic in the surrounding area.

The first explosion shook Fox Valley Systems Inc. about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday (March 6), followed several minutes later by a large fire.

The company, located in an industrial park in Cary, IL, manufactures traffic, athletic, and marking paint and striping equipment. Cary is about 45 northwest of Chicago.

Photos: ABC Chopper 7

Two explosions and a large fire at Fox Valley Systems in Cary, IL, sent three employees to the hospital. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

As firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, a second explosion about 2:45 p.m. intensified the situation. After the second blast, firefighters were pulled away from the building and "went into a defensive position" to prevent the fire from spreading, CBS Chicago reported

Three workers were taken to a local hospital, but the extent of their injuries has not been reported. 

Blown-Out Walls

The explosions blew out both the front and back walls of the building as flames and heavy smoke poured out, several local media outlets reported. Between 25 and 35 nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters from 15 departments battled the fire for several hours, and a hazardous materials foam truck was brought in to help tame the flames.

The chemical nature of the fire was not immediately known, Cary Police Chief Steve Casstevens told CBS Chicago.

Officials have not determined what led to the explosions.

The company did not immediately respond to a request Thursday (March 7) for more information.

YouTube

An employee from a business across the street starting filming after the first explosion and caught the second explosion (at 1:26 into the video) as well as several minutes of the resulting fire and efforts from first responders.

The Cary Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were expected to start an investigation Thursday (March 7).

Fox Valley Systems has received several OSHA citations in the past. Most recently, in 2009, the company was cited with two serious violations involving heavy machinery. In 2004, OSHA also issued two serious violations, citing standards for "general requirements" and "hazardous (classified) locations."

Like a 'Plane Crashed'

Employees from nearby businesses commented on the story on NBC Chicago's Facebook page.

"I work half a block down, and we felt the building shake from the explosion. I'm now watching the feed from the helicopter we hear over us. Haz-Mat from nearby Wauconda is now en route," commented Scott Hoffman.

Another post, from Michael Ginsberg, said, "I work directly across the street. We all felt our whole building shake. I thought a small plane crashed on the roof. Went outside and saw the fire/flames. Fire department evacuated all surrounding businesses, so we had to leave."

Ginsberg recorded a video clip that captured the second explosion, followed by several minutes of emergency responders and evacuations taking place.

One post on the page, from Beth Gurdak, which indicated that it had been edited, stated, "I cannot believe this place has been allowed to stay open, especially where it is located and with what goes on inside! This place has been a danger for many years! I hope everyone is safe."

People in the area during the explosions said that it felt like "a small plane crashed." OSHA has cited the paint company for serious violations in the past.

In business since 1970, Fox Valley Systems describes itself as "The original marking and striping company," as well as stating that it created the first aerosol spray can that works upside-down.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Aerosol coatings; Explosions; Fire; OSHA; Striping; Traffic paint

Comment from PANKAJ MANUBHAI VYAS, (3/8/2013, 10:24 AM)

Very shocking and unfortunate. Hope everyone safe their, Pankaj Vyas


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

RPB Respiratory
AN INSTANTLY CLEAN VISOR? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

With RPB Safety’s new Nova 3 Cassette Lens System which has been specifically designed to save you time and money! See the benefits for yourself now!


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.


Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.


Axxiom Manufacturing
Revolutionary Units

By integrating Schmidt's Aftercoolers with our blast pots, these systems remove moisture from air and minimize equipment footprint on jobsite.
Call 1-800-231-2085


DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTector Inspection Kits

PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gage easily converts to a surface profile gage, dew point meter or ultrasonic wall thickness gage with a simple probe change.


SAFE Systems, Inc.
SAFE Systems'
Blast Lights &
Deadman Switches

Halogen or LED blast lights available with our NEW urethane bumper. Switches available in many colors for color coding your hoses.


PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com