Tragedy struck in Pennsylvania recently when a tanker truck carrying 6,000
gallons of liquid hydrogen exploded and injured two drivers. The drivers
were in the process of offloading the hydrogen when the blast occurred. The
industrial accident left one driver with severe burns and the other received several lacerations.
The blast took place at Duferco Ferrell Corporation, a metal processing
plant in Ferrell, Pennsylvania. A spokesman for human resources at the
company told reporters that fire crews and plant employees worked tirelessly
through the night in an attempt to extinguish flames. The tanker eventually
burned itself out at around 7:30 the following morning. The drivers were
transported to area hospitals for medical treatment. No additional information
has been released on the status of the two injured drivers, who are part
of a tandem team from Air Liquide in Houston, Texas.
As of now, the catalyst behind the explosion remains a mystery. The company
spokesman confirmed that investigators arrived on scene shortly after
the flames were extinguished. He confirmed that one of the main priorities
is to find out exactly what happened.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) routinely
conducts a thorough investigation whenever employees are injured in an
industrial accident. Luckily, no additional employees were hurt in the
blast and the plant returned to full operation later Monday morning. While
the details of the investigation remain unknown, the victims of the blast
may opt to file workers compensation claims to help offset medical bills
associated with the accident.
Source: Lancaster Online, "Driver injured at rolled metal plant blast in
Pa.," July 25, 2011.