Worker killed in fuel tank blast was reconditioning tank

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — State safety officials say the worker killed in a 300-pound fuel tank blast at a Central Valley ranch was grinding the tank when it exploded.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman Peter Melton says the man and two other workers who were injured in Wednesday's blast near Merced were reconditioning three gasoline and diesel fuel tanks.

They were working on the second tank when it exploded.

Melton tells the Merced Sun-Star one of the workers suffered severe burn injuries. The other had less serious injuries and was expected to be released from a hospital. The man who died has not been identified.

The workers were contracted through Big Valley Labor Inc., of Winton. The Sun-Star says calls to the company were not returned.