Molten steel burns one worker, kills another

by on August 12, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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One worker was killed and another severely burned after a catastrophic machinery collapse triggered a multi-ton molten material spill. Clifton Wright, 21, died shortly after the accident. Gabriel Garcia, 41, survived his injuries. Both worked for CMC Steel Texas in Seguin, TX.

A giant ladle containing about 100 tons of molten steel collapsed — investigators need to learn more before they know why — and poured the steel on the plant floor. The steel ignited a fire, which was quickly put out. Wright and Garcia were unable to get out of the way of the spill in time. Wright was burned on about 60 percent of his body, and Garcia suffered burns on his legs.

The tragedy here highlights the value of emergency-response procedures: Machinery fails sometimes. Quick response can save as many lives as possible.

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