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Chapter 13: West Pharmaceutical Services’ Dust Explosion
On January 29, 2003, a deadly dust explosion occurred in Kinston, North Carolina. The West Pharmaceutical Services facility in Kinston was destroyed by an explosion that killed six workers and injured 38. The blast was so large it was felt 25 miles away. The ensuing fire burned for 2 days. The dust was a result of the facility's manufacturing of rubber stoppers for syringes. The precise culprit was polyethylene dust (Final, 2004). In addition to the deaths and injuries, the West Pharmaceutical facility in Kinston was completely destroyed. West Pharmaceutical had to cope with the human and financial toll the crisis would exact on its company.
Here is how West Pharmaceutical describes itself:
West Pharmaceutical Services is ...