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US manufacturing plant explosions injure four

08 August 2018

An explosion on August 6 at the Arconic Fastening Systems plant in Rochester, New York State, created a fireball that left two men with critical injuries, police and fire officials told local news organisations. The blast is thought to have occurred when fluid from a leaky hydraulic press touched an ignition source. 

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First responders arrived at the facility to find a 29-year-old man and a 33-year-old man with severe burns, local media reported. The fire department said that three other people received minor injuries from the fireball.

The plant in Rochester produces aircraft engine and industrial gas turbine components, according to the company’s website.

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the local fire department are investigating the incident.

On the same day, another worker was severely injured in a chemical plant explosion in Georgia. The blast at the ARI plant in Orchard Hill burned two people, including one worker who has third degree burns on over 90% of his body, a fire official told local media.

First responders were unable to airlift the severely burned man due to thunderstorms in the area at the time.

Officials told television news station WXIA that acetone may have been involved in the incident and that the explosion occurred in an area of the plant used for mixing. A report by the Barnesville Herald-Gazette said the blast was sparked by lightning during a storm.


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