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Statement from CSB Chairperson on Fatal Explosion in Barbour County, WV

This morning, an explosion fatally injured one worker at the Midland Resources Recovery facility in Barbour County, WV. The explosion occurred at the same facility where a May 24 explosion killed two workers and seriously injured another.
At the time of today’s explosion, two CSB investigators were onsite conducting investigative work directly related to their examination of the May 24 explosion. They were not physically injured. 
The explosion occurred when a Midland Resources contractor was working to de-inventory or empty several tanks – the same type of tanks involved in the May 24 fatal explosion.
The CSB has been informed that Midland Resources has suspended operations at the site.​



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