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Two Critically Injured in Explosion at Trantech in Edgefield

web posted June 10, 2014

EDGEFIELD Two electricians working to install a transformer box were critically injured when the piece of equipment made contact with live contact points above and exploded around 9 am. The work was being performed inside the large facility. One of the injured men sustained 3rd degree burns over 80 to 90% of his body. The second received 3rd degree burns on at least 40% of his body. Both were rushed to the Joseph M. Stills Burn Center in Augusta and were in critical condition, according to officials.

A helicopter was called to transport the most critically injured, however; due to arrival time, the man was transported by ambulance.

The most critically injured man was standing right in front of the piece of equipment as it was being raised into place when the explosion occurred. The man was blown backwards about 10 yards and all his clothing had been "blown off" from the explosion. He was talking to EMS workers as they were treating him and loading him for transport, one witness said.

The second man was close by when the explosion happened and received a lesser impact from the "fireball" that was said to have been produced at the time. Most of his 3rd degree burns were said to be to the upper body.

A third man was also injured receiving burns to his arms, but he was transported to the hospital by a private vehicle. Edgefield Daily was told there were others in the general area who suffered minor or superficial injuries, however that was not confirmed.

People on the Edgefield Town Square said they heard the explosion when it occurred, a little over 2 miles away.

SCE&G workers cut the power from a substation located at the manufacturing facility until the scene and equipment could be inspected. OSHA will also be doing an initial investigation on the incident.

The Edgefield Fire Department, Edgefield police and Sheriff's Deputies also responded to the scene.

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