Was the Canton chemical fire an incident waiting to happen? And could it have been prevented? Chief Investigator Carl Monday did some digging and came up with some telling information.
When Convoy Containers went out of business two years ago, it sold its equipment and client list to another company at another location.
But just a year before its demise, the company was cited by OSHA for "Serious" safety violations. Most notably, OSHA records says the company exposed its employees to hazards that could result in "Death or Serious physical harm."
The citation refers to an "explosive concentration of hydrogen sulfide" on the premises. OSHA said Convoy had no way to gauge the concentration of the "dangerous gas," and "no way to "prevent an explosion." At some point, Convoy convinced OSHA to void the citation.
Convoy was also cited for failure to "control explosive sulfur dust" from the building. OSHA says Convoy corrected the violation before closing its doors in 2011. But did they? A Canton Fire Dept. Captain says workers were in the building just yesterday removing the lingering sulfur from inside walls.
Stark County records show the building is still owned by a man named Howard Trickett. Those same records also show the building owner owes the county $22,000 in current and back property taxes.
19 Action News was unable to reach Trickett for comment.