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OSHA investigates fatal Texas construction company explosion

14 September 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Corpus Christi office opened an investigation on September 13 into an explosion that killed a man at an asphalt plant in Corpus Christi, officials said. A worker was killed from multiple internal injuries he sustained during a diesel tank explosion at Haas-Anderson Construction near the city’s international airport.

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A tank with oil used to produce asphalt exploded and parts flew off and landed about 50 yards from the original site. Oil from the tank caused a fire which firefighters extinguished after an hour. A second man was sent to hospital with injuries unrelated to the fire.

Haas-Anderson Construction vice president Jim Anderson said there were about six people on site at the time of the incident.

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