Three workers killed in China carbon black tank explosion

14 December 2009 12:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Three workers were killed on Monday when a tank containing carbon black exploded at a gas company in Beijing, China, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The accident happened at 10:40 local time (02:40GMT) at Beijing Guangzhongyuan Gas Co. Ltd., a private-owned joint-venture in the suburban Fangshan district of the capital.

The company, which produces liquid nitrogen and liquid argon, was upgrading a carbon black recycling unit when the blast happened.

The three workers were carrying out “hot work” on the nearby carbon black tank, Xinhua said.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion was still ongoing, the agency said.

Carbon black is used in the manufacture of tyres, rubber and plastics products, printing inks and coatings.

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