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Two killed in Utah potash plant incident

12 November 2018

Two men were electrocuted on November 10 and a third man was critically injured in an industrial accident in Utah. The three men were working at the Intrepid potash plant south of Moab in San Juan County when the industrial equipment they were operating touched a power line, the local sheriff's office reported.

Moab evaporation ponds - Image: Intrepid Potash
Moab evaporation ponds - Image: Intrepid Potash

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene and the third victim was found unconscious but breathing, according to the sheriff's office, and was flown to University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City in a critical condition.

Operations at the Moab facility have been suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the accident, the company said in a statement.

Multiple police and fire agencies responded to what was initially reported as an explosion at the plant.

Intrepid manufactures fertiliser and is the country's largest producer of potassium chloride. The Denver-based company operates three solar evaporation mines — two in Utah in Wendover and Moab, and a third in Carlsbad, New Mexico, according to its website.

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