OSHA officials have issued fines for New Windsor-based Verla Cosmetics after last November's fatal factory fire and explosion.
The company has been fined $200,000 for failing to protect employees from dangerous chemicals and other hazards discovered in the factory.
In total, OSHA determined the company committed 11 violations -- including compressed air hazards, failing to prevent flammable vapors to ignite, proper disposal of flammable material and more.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer weighed in on OSHA's decision, saying:
"OSHA fines on Verla Cosmetics send a strong signal that businesses must take every precaution to protect their workers and first responders from fire threats. Never again should our brave first responders be put in a situation where they walk blindly into a hazardous scene, and the hardworking employees who walk in and out of their workplaces each every day should feel safe on the job.”
One employee was killed and dozens more injured last November when the explosion occurred inside the Verla factory.