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Business up in flames the same day as OSHA issues 23 citations

Investigations are being conducted to determine the cause of fire at a South Side chemical processing business on the same day that it received 23 violations from OSHA. A certain mix of chemicals exploded in a duct and caused a fire at the Howard Industries Inc. on Wednesday.

The company received citation from OSHA for an investigation conducted by the agency in December of last year. According to OSHA, the company faces fines of more than $70,000.

In less than a year, the company has been cited twice by OSHA for failing to ensure that the electrical conductor boxes were properly closed in order to avoid shock risks. The company has received 4 safety citations in the last five years and has also received an additional fine of $5,000 at its Columbus facility.