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Explosion at Hersher plant Sends Five Workers to Area Hospitals

A single “boom” on August 16, 2011, loud enough for neighbors to think a tree had fallen on their own house, indicated that an explosion had occurred at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America plant in Herscher in southwest Kankakee County.
Five people were hurt in the mid-morning explosion that caused a fire. Bonfield resident Richard Wildman, 36, was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after suffering burns and had been listed in critical condition. According to Ken McCabe, spokesman for the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, the other four workers were treated at local hospitals in Kankakee and released on Tuesday.
It is unknown as to what caused the explosion and the investigation may take some time. Damon Hall, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, stated that one inspector was on site as of  Tuesday and two more inspectors were expected by Wednesday. The Herscher plant has had explosions in the past but has a clean safety record for the past ten years.
When explosions happen at the workplace, injuries can be long lasting. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured at the workplace, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights. Visit the website at wwwspiroslaw.com.