OSHA Releases McNeilus Explosion Report

December 06, 2017 08:10 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) – Nearly a year after an explosion that seriously hurt five people, we are learning more about OSHA’s investigation and its decision to fine McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing $7,000.

According to the report, the natural gas tanks involved in the explosion were filled with compressed natural gas more than a week prior to the blast.


The explosion happened in “the baker” where trucks are heated up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

In this case, inspectors found that a hose was separated near the tanks which caused natural gas to leak, igniting the explosion.

OSHA inspectors noted that McNeilus has made changes and no longer allows compressed natural gas tanks in “the baker” area with gas in them.

Just last week, ABC 6 News learned that five injured parties were listed in a lawsuit against Swagelok, the hose manufacturer. They claim the hose failed and caused the explosion.

ABC 6 News reached out to Oshkosh, which owns McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, and have not heard back.


Karsen Forsman

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