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Plant explosion airlifts two employees to U of U Hospital

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Two men working at U.S. Magnesium LLC are in the burn unit at the University of Utah Hospital after being injured on the job Friday around 5 a.m.
TOOELE COUNTY, Utah  (ABC 4 Utah) - Two men working at U.S. Magnesium LLC are in the burn unit at the University of Utah Hospital after being injured on the job Friday around 5 a.m.

"Both individuals were unconscious at the time that we arrived but both are alive as they were placed onto the helicopter and sent into the burn center,” said Bucky Whitehouse, Tooele County emergency manager.

The men, employees at the plant in their 30's and 40’s were burned while working on a piece of equipment that was being brought back into service after a cleaning.

"Apparently in the explosion we presume and its only preliminary that some hot gas from the interior of this furnace was released. This is not a magnesium fire or magnesium explosion the exact nature we don't know it’s a piece of equipment that is an intermediary spot in our process where we’re purifying magnesium chloride,” said Tom Tripp, a spokesperson from the plant.  

 Fifteen different emergency workers from various counties responded to the explosion, but when they arrived, an on site crew was already taking the appropriate action.

 "U.S. Mag does train for this and they do have response teams that are very capable on site that can handle these problems if they occur."

 

 

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