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Amgen lab explosion injures 2 in San Francisco

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An Amgen lab explosion in South San Francisco has left two employees injured, according to a Jan. 8 CBS San Francisco News report. Fire officials state that a flash fire in a liquids cabinet on the third floor of the biotech firm blew out windows, causing severe facial injuries to one worker and leaving the other with injured hands. Both employees have been hospitalized.

According to San Jose Mercury News, South Francisco deputy chief Travis Nuckolls explained that officials do not know what caused the explosion, but note that one of the chemicals involved was ether. A St. Francis Memorial Hospital burn unit spokeswoman confirmed that one patient was taken to the San Francisco hospital with “noncritical” injuries, but provided no further information on the patient’s condition.

This is the second incident at the facility where a waste disposal worker was seriously burned last May. Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton states that Amgen lab and two other businesses, Clean Harbors Environmental Service Inc. and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s Unity Lab Services, received “serious” citations for the May incident on Nov. 14. Melton said the most serious citation issued was in the amount of $77,400 to Clean Harbors Environmental Service Inc.

The Amgen lab is one of the world's largest drugmakers, producing Prolia and Enbrel, San Jose Mercury News reports.

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