One worker was killed and another was seriously hurt in a chemical explosion in Hampshire, Illinois according to CBC.
The workers were performing routine maintenance work on a tank containing an unknown chemical when the explosion occurred. Fire district authorities suspect the explosion was caused due to an electrical event in an explosive vapor atmosphere according to Shaw Local.
The blast caused substantial structural damage to asphalt and concrete product manufacturing company W.R. Meadows Inc. Exterior walls were completely blown apart during the explosion. The explosion was heard and felt by residents living one mile away.
According to Times News Express, this is the second incident at the plant. A worker cleaning a glide roller was pulled into machinery resulting in a fractured arm and third-degree burns.
The OSHA cited the plant for not having proper fall protection as well as not having proper procedures in place to secure equipment.
The investigation into the accident continues.
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