Worker Dies in Second Blast in Month

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 10:06 AM gHale


One worker died in a blast at the same West Virginia industrial plant where two people died last month, officials said.

The explosion Tuesday morning was at Midland Resource Recovery, a company based in Ontario, Canada, that odorizes natural gas, officials said.

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Contractors at the facility outside Philippi were disassembling a 30-gallon (115-liter) tank, trying to render tanks safe from the previous explosion May 24 that killed two and injured one, said officials at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in a preliminary report.

A preliminary report shows one other person suffered an injury and an unknown quantity of Mercaptan, the chemical used to give natural gas an odor, was spilled, the agency said.

A woman who answered the telephone at the company’s headquarters in Ontario declined to comment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has begun an investigation. OSHA spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson said the victim was an employee of Specialized Professional Services Inc. The company based in Washington, PA, handles hazardous material. Calls to the company were not immediately returned Tuesday.



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