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Worker Suffers Severe Burns When Furnace Explodes at Alabama Lime Plant


One worker was seriously injured Wednesday evening when a furnace exploded at a lime plant just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

Worker Burned While Attempting to Light Furnace

Fire crews were called out to the Lhoist North America facility on First Avenue West in Alabaster shortly after 6:30 p.m. on May 9th.

According to Alabaster Fire Chief Officer Rowdy Tidwell, the injured worker had been attempting to light the furnace just before it exploded.

The severely burned man was transported to UAB Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit via LifeSaver helicopter.

Fortunately, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Recent Explosions Injure Workers in Michigan, Wisconsin & Texas

Wednesday’s incident in Alabama marked at least the fifth time in recent weeks that workers somewhere in the United States were injured as a result of an industrial explosion.

On May 3rd, for example, an explosion and fire nearly destroyed the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, sending two workers to the hospital.

A week earlier, 20 people – mostly contractors – were injured when a series of explosions broke out at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin.

The April 26th incident also set off a massive fire that forced the mandatory evacuation of much of Superior, a town of some 27,000 people.

Just two days prior, a contractor suffered severe injuries to his legs when an asphalt tank exploded at the U.S. Polyco plant in Ennis, Texas.

Four other contractors were treated for injuries following an explosion at Valero’s Texas City Refinery on April 23rd.

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