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Employee dies after Utah automotive equipment plant explosion

27 March 2018

One man was killed and several others wounded in an explosion at a factory in northern Utah early on March 26. According to a statement from Box Elder County Sheriff's Office, the explosion at the Autoliv Facilities plant in the town of Promontory seriously injured the employee, who later died in hospital. 

The sheriff's office said the casualty was in the mixing portion of the building alone at the time of the incident, and that others were injured, although those injuries are not life-threatening.

An investigation, led by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is ongoing.

In February 2015, an explosion at the same factory injured one worker and started a fire in a building. The worker, a 50-year-old man, was flown to a hospital with injuries to his head, including burns.

The 2015 explosion occurred as two workers were removing a completed batch of the airbag materials from an incinerator and preparing to put in a second batch, police said at the time.

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