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Malaysia cement plant blast kills three

06 November 2017

On November 3, an oil storage tank exploded at the Rawang cement factory at Kuala Garing in Selangor state, killing three workers. The victims fell into the tank after the explosion and their bodies were recovered after the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, with the cooperation of factory management, pumped out diesel from the tank.

The rescue team had to drain over 725,000 litres of diesel from the 4.26-metre-high tank to locate the victims after firefighters put out the fire.

Police said the three were carrying out maintenance work near the tank before the explosion.
The plant is owned by Lafarge Malaysia, a subsidiary of the Swiss Lafarge-Holcim cement group.

In a statement, Lafarge Malaysia chief executive officer Thierry Legrand said the company was working with relevant authorities on the investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our immediate priority is our employees and their families,” he said.

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