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Deadly Explosion at Autoliv Plant in Utah Tragically Kills 1 Worker, Injures 2 Others



A worker died tragically early Monday morning in connection with an explosion at the Autoliv Facilities manufacturing plant in Promontory, Utah.

Fire and rescue crews were called to the Autoliv factory, located at 16700 W SR-83 in Box Elder County, at roughly 2:12 a.m.  on March 26th, following an explosion in one of the plant’s laboratories.

Deceased Worker Sustained Severe Burns

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Ronald Larson, 64, of Cache Valley, had been working in the mixing area of the building at the time and was trapped inside the plant.

Once Larson was removed from the building, he was transferred to Brigham City Community Hospital with severe burns. Sadly, he stopped breathing on his arrival and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Two unidentified workers were hurt, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

“He Knew it was Dangerous”

According to its website, Autoliv “is the world’s largest automotive safety supplier” and operates 4 facilities in Utah.

The Autoliv plant in Promontory manufactures propellants for airbags.

Larson, a technician at the plant, had worked for Autoliv for the past five years.

“He knew it was dangerous. He had told me, he had never told his wife how dangerous a job it was, because he didn’t want to worry her,” his sister, Laurel Lovell, told News4Utah.  “But, he knew it was a dangerous job — he had mentioned it to me numerous times.”

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is leading the investigation into the Autoliv explosion. The cause of the blast has not yet been identified.

2 Autoliv Workers Suffered Burns in Earlier Explosion, Flash Fire

Monday’s fatal explosion was the third serious incident at the Promontory facility since 2013.

In February 2015, a 50-year-old worker was airlifted to the hospital with head injuries and burns following an explosion and fire at the same Autoliv plant.  That incident occurred as he and another worker were removing a completed batch of airbag materials from an incinerator.

The Promontory factory was also the site of a flash fire in December 2013 that sent another worker to the hospital with burns to his arms and face.

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