Oregon regulators fined Higher Level Concentrates $5,300 for workplace safety violations following a butane-extraction explosion last year that landed one man in a Portland burn ward.
The Oregonian reported that Oregon OSHA fined the extraction company, which is based in in Astoria, for failure to:
- Ventilate the building
- Have an adequate electrical system
- Obtain city permits
Regulators said that fire officials found 200-300 punctured canisters of butane at the scene of the blast, the newspaper reported.
Jacob Magley was nearby when the extraction facility exploded and badly burned. He filed an $8.9 million lawsuit in February against Higher Level Concentrates, according to The Daily Astorian.
Butane, a cheap and combustible solvent, has been used for extraction in home operations and at licensed facilities for years. After a number of explosions related to butane extraction, state governments have been working to change fire codes and safety regulations to prevent further accidents from happening.