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Local cement worker burned in accident

June 27, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of an accident that left a man burned last Thursday while he was working at St. Lawrence Cement in Hagerstown.

During a telephone interview on Tuesday with the Herald-Mail, a family member of victim Kevin Molloy said she did not want to go on the record, but was willing to confirm that Molloy is 58 years old and from Hagerstown.

Molloy was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He was servicing a piece of equipment with three other workers when steam released and burned his body, said Bob Klinger, human resources manager for St. Lawrence Cement. No one else was injured.

"Kevin suffered some significant burns ... his recovery is the foremost," Klinger said. "We're very concerned when we have an incident of this nature."

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Molloy was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and later to the burn center at Bayview, Klinger said.

Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Dirk Fillpot said administration specialists and district personnel were investigating the accident.

Life-threatening accidents are supposed to be reported to the administration within 15 minutes after they happen, he said. If that procedure isn't followed, employers could be cited.

In the case at St. Lawrence Cement, Fillpot said the MSHA wasn't notified until five hours after the accident.

He did not verify whether St. Lawrence Cement received a citation, only saying the matter was under investigation.

Klinger said Molloy has worked at St. Lawrence Cement since 1996.

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