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Employers in the Produce-Ripening Industry and All Suppliers of Ethylene Gas- Ripening Products and Equipment (Generator-Produced and Cylinders)

John Howard, Chief, Division of Occupational Safety and Health

March 1, 2000

Ethylene Gas Explosion

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is alerting employers about steps that can be taken to prevent worker death and injury from the use of ethylene gas in the produce ripening industry. In a recent accident in Los Angeles, one worker was fatally injured and another worker was critically injured by an explosion that occurred inside a tightly enclosed room in a commercial building where ethylene gas was being used in the ripening of fruit. The Division believes that this type of explosion and loss of life can be prevented if employers take appropriate safety precautions: