Two people were injured and one person is still missing following two explosions at Tri-Chem Industries in Hood County, Texas.
According to WFAA, the initial explosion occurred at the Tri-Chem Industries plant at 2600 North Cresson Highway at around 10 am. Another explosion occurred at around 11:15 am, and by noon, the plant had collapsed.
The Hood County sheriff said one person was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with severe burns and is currently listed in critical condition. Another person was transported to Lake Granbury Medical Center, and a third person is listed as missing.
All three people are believed to be plant employees.
The cause of the explosions is unknown; however, according to Tri-Chem Industries’ website, the plant is a “chemical blending facility.” The plant manufactures phosphoric acid, citric acid, silicone antifoam and emulsions, phosphates, and asphalt additives.
The follow statistics regarding on the job accident injuries and fatalities in 2015 are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
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