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Chemical Safety Incidents
CA Man Dies After Valve Explodes
Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 04:03 PM gHale
A Hemet, CA, man died after a high-pressure valve he was working on exploded at a Coachella Valley energy plant last Monday, officials said.
Daniel Collins, 47, an employee at a plant run by Diamond Generating Corporation – a utility company just north of Palm Springs died in the explosion.
Collins was working on a high-pressure valve when it exploded, said a Cal/OSHA spokesman, citing information from the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.
Firefighters got the call to the plant at 10:13 a.m. Monday, March 6 and, upon arrival, confirmed that Collins had died, Fire Department officials said.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department came in later to investigate the death, said Deputy Michael Vásquez. Right now investigators are saying it was an industrial accident, he said.
“We have found nothing to suggest that it was suspicious,” Vásquez said. Cal/OSHA also is investigating.