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One still hospitalized after Amsted explosion

Keywords: Tags  Amsted Rail, steel foundry, USW, OSHA, Wayne Luce, explosion, injured workers, Reginald Golliday Danny Wilson

CHICAGO — One worker remains hospitalized after an explosion earlier this month at Amsted Rail Co. Inc.’s Granite City, Ill., foundry.

Of seven employees taken to hospitals, two were admitted in critical condition and one of them remains hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the March 7 accident in the facility’s cleaning and finishing area (, March 7), a company spokesman said.

Danny Wilson and Reginald Golliday were flown by helicopter to Mercy Hospital St. Louis, according to local media reports. Wilson was discharged March 15; Golliday’s family has asked that no information be released, a hospital spokeswoman told AMM.

"We continue to work with (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) on their investigation, and we are conducting an internal investigation with outside assistance," Wayne Luce, vice president of human resources and environmental affairs at Chicago-based parent Amsted Industries Corp., told AMM. "At this point in time, we aren’t ready to say exactly what occurred" to cause the explosion.

Luce said that work in the affected department resumed March 11 and the company is "pretty much 100 percent operational."

As part of Amsted’s employee assistance plan, counselors were on site after the accident to offer help to workers. "We are supportive to the injured employees, their families and employees throughout the plant," Luce said.

"Amsted is dedicated to creating a safe work environment and we are trying to get to the bottom of the (cause of the) accident, to become safer still," he said.

The United Steelworkers union sent an emergency response team to the site within an hour of the 8 a.m. explosion, team coordinator Allan McDougall said. The team also provided assistance to injured workers and their families. Luce confirmed that the union also provided counselors.

The union declined to comment until its investigation is complete.

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