Equipment blast kills one, injures three

by on June 11, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Industrial equipment needs to be regularly maintained and inspected for problems. Failure to do so can have deadly consequences.

Ricardo Flores, 41 of Pleasant Grove, UT worked for a bronzing factory. He was performing welding work when a nearby piece of pressurized equipment exploded. The force blew a large autoclave door off its hinges, hitting Flores in the head. He was rushed to the hospital but not in time. Three co-workers who came to his aid where also treated at the hospital for steam inhalation and psychological trauma.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the deadly explosion; however, it is believed that the machine either malfunctioned or the door was not secured properly.

Co-workers described him as “a simple guy who loves his family.”


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