A tank containing a dangerous chemical exploded in Bainbridge in southwest Georgia. The explosion killed a worker that was working on replacing a gauge. His coworker had just stepped away to get a tool when heat caused the explosion.
The tank contained a chemical called sodium hydrosulfide, and the tank was large enough to hold one million gallons. It is used in the cloth and paper industries. It is also very dangerous. The chemical is also used to remove hair from hides before they are converted into leather. Firefighters spent hours fighting the blaze and keeping other nearby tanks cool.
The area was also evacuated while the workers put out the flames and tested air quality. This chemical can cause severe burns and can be carried by smoke and rain. Air quality tests were performed before people were allowed back in the area.
Was there a safety procedure that wasn’t followed, or was this just a tragic accident? OSHA, the plant, and police investigators will certainly try to find out. If you have been injured by a workplace accident, or perhaps the results of one caused you injury, you should seek legal help immediately. Companies that keep unsafe workplaces should be punished.
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