UPDATE: OSHA investigation Monday's explosion in Edgefield


News 12 at 6 o' clock/ June 9, 2014

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW) -- South Carolina OSHA is investigating an explosion on Monday at Trantech Radiator Products in Edgefield.

Two employees from Trantech Radiator Products are recovering at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta after an explosion Monday.

It happened around 9:00AM at the Trantech facility off Augusta Rd. in Edgefield. Officials believe the explosion was caused by a transformer inside the warehouse blowing up.

Two workers are in critical condition with third degree burns covering most of their bodies. Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey says, "One was about 80 percent from head to toe. Third degree. The other was probably about 40 percent, 3rd degree. Both were listed in critical condition."

Teresa Hamilton is a manager at the Huddle House across the street. She gets a lot of customers from Trantech.

"We had heard from a couple of people that came in that they didn't have any power over there, and we noticed it was dark," she says.

She didn't think too much of it, until she looked out the window about half an hour later.

"All of a sudden, we see smoke pouring out, and [hear]like a boom," she said.

People in Edgefield say they heard the boom and felt the vibrations at least three miles away.

OSHA is looking into the accident to decide if they will investigate. Trantech does not have any previous violations on file with OSHA. An OSHA investigation takes about eight weeks.

Statement from Trantech President Greg Horton:

“Yesterday there was an accident at our facility in Edgefield which sadly has resulted in injuries to three of our valued employees. Two of those employees are now recovering at the Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Another has thankfully been released from the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with those men and their families.

One of our greatest fears is a situation like what occurred on Monday. Ensuring the safety of those who work at Trantech is a cornerstone to the way we operate our business. We are complying with all governmental inspections. Trantech is working diligently to investigate the root cause and corrective action required. We will not re-open our Edgefield plant until we feel confident in the safety of our hard-working employees.”

Monday, June 9, 2013

EDGEFIELD, SC (WRDW)- A morning explosion at a radiator business has injured two people.

It happened this morning at Trantech. Trantech is a radiator business located within city of Edgefield Limits.

Officials said it appears it was an explosion in a transformer.

An Edgefield County Sheriff's Office spokesman says two people are critically injured with burns. They were both taken to Still Burn Center.


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