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Contractor killed in explosion at magnesium plant in Tooele County

Posted at 7:27 PM, Mar 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 17:16:24-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A man died Saturday after an industrial accident at a Utah magnesium plant.

The accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. at U.S. Magnesium, located in the West Desert near the southeast shore of the Great Salt Lake.

The Tooele County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Robert Self, a contractor from Livermore, California, was working on a trailer-mounted boiler when it exploded, causing fatal injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded and is investigating the cause of the explosion. The sheriff's office is assisting.