A March 7 explosion at Hi-Tech Steel Treating in Saginaw, MI killed one man and injured another. A maintenance crew was working on a furnace inside the building, located at 2720 Roberts St., when it exploded shortly after 1 p.m.
“They were working on a door of the furnace to try to find a leak, and the door itself seemed to explode. At this point, it’s preliminary and it’s hard to tell exactly what caused the explosion,” Tom Raines, a battalion chief with the Saginaw Fire Department, said in a statement. “There was no fire. The explosion seemed to be maybe the air pressure.”
Explosions can cause a wide range of injuries that often require care in specialized settings over an extended period of time. The blast wave exerts enough pressure to damage the lungs, heart, liver, eardrums, and eyes. A person who is thrown from the blast can suffer blunt force trauma, falling objects can cause crush injuries, flying debris can cause piercing wounds, and the heat of the blast wave can cause burns.
The injured man was taken to Covenant HealthCare.
Fire Chief Christopher Van Loo told local media that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted because the explosion has been ruled an industrial accident. Consumer Energy crews told ABC12 News that they had been at Hi-Tech the day before the explosion to replace a natural gas meter. After the explosion, they returned to monitor meters.
Consumer Energy crews told ABC12 News that they had been at Hi-Tech the day before the explosion to replace a natural gas meter. After the explosion, they returned to monitor meters.
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