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Hose company faces legal action over explosion at Minnesota truck company

30 November 2017

Swagelok Co., an Ohio-based company that assembles and sells hoses and fittings, has been named in a series of lawsuits filed by representatives of five employees who were seriously injured in an explosion at the McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing plant in Dodge Center, Minnesota, on January 11.

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According to the lawsuits, the explosion was caused by a failure in a Swagelok-manufactured hose connected to McNeilus Truck's compressed natural gas (CNG) system. This failure allowed compressed natural gas to be released into the plant, and this gas ultimately exploded, causing serious injuries to the plaintiffs.

The lawsuits claim Swagelok was negligent in the design, manufacture, testing and inspection of the hose assembly, allowing the hose to separate from its fitting, releasing natural gas and causing the explosion.

The lawsuits have been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. McNeilus is a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corp.

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