Fortunately for the million or so Chicago residents who depend on the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant for water, the explosion should not markedly interfere with their ability to get H20 from the tap. Unfortunately, and often the case, another hard-working person has been injured on the job.

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Calumut Water Treatment Plant

On August 30, 2018 at about 11:00 a.m., Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago received a call about an explosion at the sludge concentration building at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in Chicago, Illinois. The roof of the building caved downwards in what is called a pancake explosion. Ten people were hurt in an explosion and building collapse—one of the victims was entombed for almost two hours. During the two-hour rescue, firefighters used airbags and hydraulics to lift thousands of pounds of concrete and other debris.  The trapped worker suffered fractures to his legs and face.

Workers were at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant to do maintenance. According to reports, the explosion was caused by a worker’s torch that ignited methane gas. All of the injured workers were listed in “serious to critical condition as they were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, the University of Chicago Medical Center, Stroger Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.” The plant is the oldest of seven Metropolitan Water Reclamation District treatment centers, beginning operation in 1922.

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