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Aerosol Chemical Plant Explodes, Injuring One Worker

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According to News on 6, a chemical plant worker sustained injuries after the plant explodes into flames in Neodesha, Kansas, on Tuesday morning.

Evacuations issued, Shelters Established

The Airosol, Inc. chemical plant, located roughly 15 miles north of Independence, manufactures aerosol, liquid, and specialty chemicals for various industries. The plant exploded in the morning hours, and the fire continues to rage as fire crews attend to the flames.

News on 6 reports that one plant worker was hospitalized in Wichita with unknown injuries. Airosol, Inc. employs 40 workers in its 100,000-square-foot facility located on the west side of Neodesha.

Officials issued evacuations for areas west and north of Osage Street and 9th Street, north to Cobalt Industries, reports News on 6. Shelters are available at United Methodist, First Christian, and Nazarene Churches. Neodesha USD 461 schools closed due to the ongoing incident.

On the Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • On average, more than 92 workers are killed every week, or 13 deaths per day.
  • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 39 worker deaths per day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.

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