One worker was killed and five others sustained injuries that were not life-threatening in a chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana.
The blast involved a chlorine dioxide tank, which continued spilling the chemical after the incident. The spill was contained by a hazardous chemical drew, and firefighters rinsed off the skin of anyone who may have come in contact with it. When inhaled, chlorine dioxide can cause lung problems and irritation to the skin and eyes.
The plant is located about 60 miles north of Indianapolis and employs about 1,600 workers. According to GM’s website, the plant provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly to GM plants across North America.
The plant was cited in December 2009 for a serious safety violation but has not had any violations since.
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