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Burn victim's condition improves

August 21, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The condition of a Hagerstown man who was burned during a June accident at St. Lawrence Cement has improved, a relative of the man said.

Kevin Molloy, 58, was transferred late last week from the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore for rehabilitation, said his cousin, Jan Buxton.

"It's a miracle," Buxton said.

Molloy suffered respiratory injuries, and first-, second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent to 60 percent of his body when an explosion of steam, hot gases and dust occurred in a kiln June 21, according to information provided by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Molloy was listed in critical condition for much of his stay at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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He showed gradual improvement and was listed in good condition at the time of his transfer last week, records show.

A spokeswoman at Good Samaritan Hospital confirmed Molloy was a patient there but would not give his condition.

MSHA levied five citations against St. Lawrence Cement in connection with the company's response to the accident.

The citations, in part, alleged that St. Lawrence Cement showed a "high" degree of negligence by failing to preserve evidence at the scene of the accident, and by waiting for more than five hours to notify MSHA of the explosion.

MSHA requires companies to report life-threatening accidents within 15 minutes.

Dirk Fillpot, an MSHA spokesman, said last month that MSHA had not decided whether to fine St. Lawrence Cement for the accident.

MSHA reported that fines had not been imposed as of Monday afternoon.

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