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2 injured in Edgefield industrial explosion

Monday, June 9, 2014 11:12 AM
Last updated 6:43 PM
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Two people were injured in an explosion at TranTech Radiator Products in Edgefield this morning.

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Edgefield County sheriff’s Cpl. Robbie Harter said the industrial explosion at the facility was reported about 9 a.m.

TranTech makes manifolds, headers and valves at its 126,000-square-foot facility at 1 Tranter Drive.

EMA Director Mike Casey said two employees were critically injured and sustained third-degree burns. They were taken by ambulance to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

A small fire resulted from the explosion, he said, but the cause of the explosion has not been determined.

Lesia Kudelka, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, said the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration is evaluating the situation to determine whether it will open an investigation into the accident.

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jimmymac 06/09/14 - 05:17 pm

Before I retired I always prayed that all my people went home safely every night. I saw many maimed and disfigured during my career and thank God it wasn't any of my employees. I extend my sincerest wishes that these two people recover from their injuries.

dwb619 06/09/14 - 08:55 pm

I was told this was an electrical explosion.
Two of my friends were also burned in an electrical explosion in this plant in the mid 70's.
Hoping for the best for the men burned this time.

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