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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.

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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.

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