Barrel Explosion Injuries Two in Waxahachie
About The Waxahachie Industrial Accident
This incident occurred on Wednesday, September 10, at Larkin Products LLC located on the 1600 block of East Main Street in Waxahachie, Texas. Emergency crews were called around 2:40 PM.
According to the Waxahachie Fire Department Battalion Chief, Randy Muirhead; a worker was using a torch to cut into a 55-gallon barrel that ended up exploding.
The barrel was empty, but the worker was under the assumption that it had previously contained coolant. In actuality, the barrel had residue of the chemical Xylene; which can be used as paint thinner.
The worker suffered burns on his arms, parts of his chest, and face. East Texas EMS transported the man to a Dallas hospital.
A second worker was burned during an attempt to aid the first victim. Specifics of his burn injuries are unknown, but he was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.
Both the Waxahachie Fire and Police Departments were on the scene.
On the Job Injury Statistics
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
- Nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by employees in 2012.
- In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completed 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 state inspections.