A Blue Rhino production
facility in Lake County resumed full capacity on Monday, nearly five months after a series of
explosions that injured employees.
Tank refurbishing and tank filling began Monday morning, said a spokesman for Blue Rhino's parent company Ferrellgas.
In a written statement
released to FOX 35, the company says that it has been cooperating with
investigations by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration and the
Florida State Fire Marshall.
The company also listed changes meant to insure the safety of workers and the
community. They include the addition of two exit gates, a lowered storage
capacity to allow for increased visibility and better ventilation, and an
upgraded system of water cannons.
"The city of Tavares reviewed [Blue Rhino's] permit application to re-open
and insured that all the required safety mechanisms are in place and
operational," said Tavares City Administrator John Drury.
Nearly 53,000 propane tanks used for backyard grilling went up in a huge fireball that rattled nearby neighborhoods on July 29. Eight workers were injured.