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Welder Killed After Explosion at ConAgra Lamb-Weston in Boardman

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BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Kevin Gregerson, 21, of Hermiston, was killed Monday afternoon after an explosion in the tank he was welding in at ConAgra Lamb-Weston in Boardman.

Police said Gregerson was buried in mud and metal debris. A 'confined space rescue team' from the Umatilla Chemical Depot was called in and Gregerson's body was not removed until almost seven hours after the explosion.

Witnesses reported a "flash and a bang". Investigators from the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration are looking into the incident.

Gregerson was employed by Northwest Fabricators.

 

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