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2 men burned in EGF Crystal plant accident

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

EAST GRAND FORKS - Two people were burned in a weekend accident at the American Crystal Sugar factory in East Grand Forks.

Two unidentified men were taken to Altru Hospital after one of them apparently fell into a container of near-boiling water at about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to East Grand Forks Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boushee.

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One report indicated that the water was near 200 degrees and that the younger man suffered significant burns, while the 32-year-old had burns on his hands and feet. However, neither their identities nor their conditions have been released, although one media report indicated the 21-year-old was transferred to a Twin Cities hospital.

The Minnesota office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing details of the accident today, according to James Honerman, OSHA spokesman. He said the agency will determine its response once the review is completed.

Meanwhile, OSHA is continuing to review a Feb. 6 accident at the East Grand Forks factory, according to Honerman.

In that incident, an unidentified worker was seriously burned when hot syrupy liquid reportedly spewed out of a large tank.

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