Explosion kills one at Florida gas plant
17 April 2015
An explosion at the MagneGas facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida, killed one and injured another worker on April 16, according to local sources. Two dozen employees were evacuated. According to the MagneGas website, the company converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, which can be used for metal cutting, cooking, heating and powering natural gas bi-fuel cars.
The company released the following statement:
"The company today experienced an accident at its Tarpon Springs facility. Tragically, a member of our employee family was killed. Our deep sympathy goes out to the immediate family and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all friends. Another member of our employee family was taken to a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as well. All of our other employees are safe and accounted for. We humbly request the media to respect the privacy of our employees and their families. Our top priority is the health and safety of these people who as we said are considered family.
"We are grateful for the efforts and immediate actions of the emergency responders.
"We are working closely with responders and local officials to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the accident.
"We have strived to create a culture of safe, compliant operations. We take this matter very seriously and are dedicating all the necessary corporate resources to assist in the investigation."