One Man Injured in Odessa Gas Explosion
A worker was injured in Ector County as a result of a gas explosion.
Details of the Ector County Gas Explosion
According to the Odessa American, a man was injured at Dominguez Welding, a fabrication business, on 4570 S. West County Road and was transported to the hospital around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Odessa Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Danny Wyatt and Ector County Chief Deputy Roddy Eaton said that a gas tank the man was testing ruptured. Currently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident, according to Diana Petterson of the office of public affairs at the Department of Labor in Dallas.
According to a News West 9 news release, employees were pressurizing the tank in order to test it when the tank exploded, injuring one person. The unidentified employee was then transported to Medical Center Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Diana Petterson further stated that OSHA has six months to complete the investigation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the investigation will last that long.
Important Information about Gas Explosions in the United States
According to Discovery News:
- An average of 7,900 home fires happened each year from 2007-2011 as a result of natural gas.
- In the same years, 5,830 fires happened in vehicles, outdoors, or in commercial buildings