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Nampa, Idaho Plant Explosion Leaves 5 Injured


An explosion at a Nampa, Idaho sugar beet processing plant left five workers injured early Monday morning.

1 Amalgamated Sugar Worker Hospitalized After Explosion

The September 28th explosion occurred around 7:45 p.m. in the sugar-beet pulp steam dryer located at the Amalgamated Sugar facility on Karcher Road.

While four unidentified workers received first aid at the plant, a fifth was treated at a local hospital. According to media reports, all of the victims were wearing fire protection gear, and none of their injuries are considered life-threatening.

OSHA Inspector Deployed to Amalgamated Sugar Plant in Nampa

Amalgamated Sugar is the second-largest producer of beet sugar in the United States, and currently manufactures industrial sugar, White Satin brand sugar, and animal feed products. The company’s Nampa processing plant opened in 1942 and is one of three facilities Amalgamate Sugar operates in Idaho.

While it’s not clear what caused yesterday’s explosion, a spokesperson for Amalgamated Sugar said an investigation was underway. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also deployed an inspector to the plant.

4 Workers Killed at Nampa Processing Plant Over 35 Years

Four workers have died at the Amalgamated Sugar facility on Karcher Road during the past 35 years. The most recent fatality occurred in May 2009, when the body of a 45-year-old man was found in an augur, a piece of machinery used to transport sugar from one area of the plant to another.

Amalgamated Sugar agreed to pay less than $19,000 to resolve three OSHA citations stemming from that tragedy. As part of the informal settlement, the company was also required to report any significant work-related employee injuries and illnesses to OSHA’s Boise area office within 48 hours of the incident.

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