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Second fatal explosion at West Virginia industrial plant kills contractor

22 June 2017

On June 20, a contractor was killed in an explosion at the Midland Resource Recovery plant in West Virginia. In a preliminary report, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said contractors at the facility were disassembling a 115-litre tank, trying to render it safe after a previous explosion on May 24 that killed two and injured one.

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The plant, at Moatsville in Barbour County, makes mercaptan, which is used to odorise natural gas. The preliminary report said an unknown quantity of the chemical was spilled and one other person was injured in the incident.

WVDEP said the deceased worked for Specialized Professional Services, Inc. Other sources said he was also the chief of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department in Pennsylvania.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said there were a number of other tanks that were believed to unstable at the site, but it believed no one else is in danger.

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