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Worker Critically Injured after Explosion at Chemical Plant

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According to NBC-2, a plant worker was injured on the job after an explosion occurred at a chemical and plastic plant in Felda, Florida, on Monday morning.

Details of Plant Explosion

The workplace accident occurred at the Paramount Chemicals & Plastics Inc. located on Florida 29 at around 7:00 a.m. local time. Witnesses said the explosion could be felt from blocks away, and debris was found flying across the street near the plant.

One of the plant workers was critically injured in the accident and is currently fighting for his life, reports NBC-2. The worker was taken to the Felda Fire Department before being airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene to be sure no chemicals were released in the blast. NBC-2 reports that officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on the scene investigating storage containers that hold hazardous materials, including acids and fertilizer. OSHA deemed the area safe and that no chemicals were leaked.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • 899 of these fatalities were in the construction industry.
  • 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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