Texas asphalt plant explosion injures contractor
24 April 2018
An explosion at the US Polyco Plant asphalt plant in Ennis, Texas, seriously injured a contractor who was using a cutting torch to dismantle a storage tank, damaged in an earlier explosion in February. The earlier incident did not cause any casualties.
The explosion caused the victim, a contractor from R Tex Services in Cleburne, to fall about 30 feet into the previously damaged tank. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames, but managed to cut open a hole in the tank and rescue the worker.
The explosion in early February was reportedly caused when a storage tank burst a valve. OSHA is still investigating the February explosion and will be called about today’s incident, according to the local fire marshal.
US Polyco employees were evacuated for a few hours as a precaution, but the plant remains operational. The fire marshal said there was no environmental threat.