1 dead, 5 injured after explosion at Indiana GM plant
Explosion involved a chlorine dioxide tank.
MARION, Ind. — A chemical explosion July 1 at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured five other people, authorities said.
“The situation is contained. Everybody has been evacuated,” GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said in a telephone interview,
The explosion involved a chlorine dioxide tank, and the chemical continued spilling out after the explosion, Marion Fire Chief Paul David said. A hazardous materials crew contained the spill, and firefighters were rinsing off the skin of everyone who may have come into contact with the chemical. If inhaled, the chemical can cause lung problems and can irritate the skin and eyes.
A GM statement said third-shift employees were expected to report to work at their normal times.
The plant about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis employs about 1,600 workers and provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for vehicles to GM assembly plants across North America, according to GM’s website.
WRTV-TV reported that the Indiana Department of Labor cited the plant in December 2009 for a single serious safety violation. The plant paid a penalty of $845 and completed an abatement requirement. The plant has not had any violations since.
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