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OSHA Investigates After Joplin Plant Workers Rescued

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Update: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident at Jasper Products.  OSHA told us they can't confirm what substance was in the tank at this time.  KOAM/FOX14 has still not received a return call from Jasper Products.

OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation, issue citations and propose penalties if violations of safety issues are found.

Click here for an explanation of the OSHA inspection process.

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According to the Joplin Fire Department, crews responded to Jasper Products at 3877 E. 27th Street around 10:15 p.m. on May 29th, 2018.

Initially authorities were told that a 50-year-old employee had fallen about 20 feet into a tank. When they arrived, they learned that a total of three people had fallen into a tank and were having difficulty breathing. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Nimmo says crews immediately began to rescue the three people from the tank. Seven people were taken to the hospital by ambulance. One firefighter was also taken to a hospital but has been released.

The fire department says Jasper Products will conduct an investigation into how this happened. KOAMTV/FOX14 has reached out to Jasper Products for further details about what was in the tank and conditions of the employees.

The Joplin Fire Department was assisted by the Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance Service.

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