Mayfield candle maker charged with OSHA violations after December tornado outbreak

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration records report that Mayfield Consumer Products violated standards affecting events at the Graves County candle factory on the night of the December tornado outbreak.

The investigation into the manufacturer’s safety practices began in the aftermath of the disaster, during which the MCP facility collapsed under the force of an EF-4 tornado, trapping around 100 people inside and killing nine.

The documents show seven offenses currently in three categories: one under “maintenance, protections and operational characteristics for exit routes“, two pennies”emergency action plans” and four in “bloodborne pathogens.”

The summary of the accident investigation states that “six employees were killed due to multiple blunt trauma”. [sic] injuries after a manufacturing building collapsed due to a tornado.

Since the case is open, violation information can be edited, deleted, or added. MCP is contesting all seven violations, which carry a total of $40,000 in fines.

Since the storms, the candle factory announced that it will close and permanently lay off half of its employees. The organization also plans to expand to Hickory in Graves County over the next five years to consolidate its activities in the region.

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