Sheet metal presses and metal gates are widely used in the manufacturing of high-strength, high-density titanium.
But when they are not used, they cause an explosion, as seen in the video below.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says its staff found the explosions in the past two weeks at the facilities of two companies that make metal gates for sheet metal presses: Atenco Metal & Gate and Platinum Metal Products.
The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DEPED) has ordered the companies to shut down by March 18.
“We are very concerned about the safety of these facilities and we want to see these facilities shut down as quickly as possible,” said Dept. of Environmental Management, Michael DeGroot.
“I know the state of Florida is very concerned.
This is a very serious issue.
We have very high standards.”
The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the DEP, also is investigating.
In a statement, it said the state is notifying people of the dangers of the metal gate devices.
“The DEP is taking this very seriously and is investigating this matter, which is why we have requested that these companies shut down,” it said.
“Any person who thinks they may have an exposure to the metal gates and is at risk should immediately call 911 and report any symptoms.”
The DEP also issued a warning that it was monitoring the condition of its two other facilities, as well as a company that makes metal gates, as they are used in various industries.
“DEP has been working closely with our state partners to identify the cause of these explosions and take corrective actions,” the agency said.
The Department’s statement says that in February, the DEPS notified a company of concerns that were confirmed by the company’s inspector and it notified the other two companies.
Both the DEPs and the companies were told to make changes to their equipment.
However, the companies have not made any changes to the equipment.
“Atenco has been making metal gates since 2006,” said DEPED spokeswoman Kelly Smith.
“Platinum has been using metal gates from 2004 until 2017.
The metal gates on those two facilities are not manufactured with any metal.
These devices are dangerous and must be immediately taken out of service,” she said. “
As a result, they are both highly unstable.
These devices are dangerous and must be immediately taken out of service,” she said.
She also said that the DEPD will take action against the companies if there are violations.
“In the future, we will work with the companies and our partners to get them to take corrective action,” Smith said.
As for the DEPA, it is monitoring the situation at the two facilities and will have more to say in the coming days.
“At this point, we are not aware of any additional risks to anyone from these machines,” said Debra Gaskin, a spokesperson for the Florida Department, who added that the department is working with the DEPP and the Florida Industrial Commission to determine how to handle the situation.
According to the DEPART website, its mission is to protect and promote Florida’s environment.
“DEP is committed to ensuring that the health and safety of our citizens is protected, and the public is protected,” the DEEPED says.
The DEPART statement says the DEPEED is also monitoring the safety at the other facilities and is “aware of an increase in the number of metal gates” there.