UpdateOne dead, one injured after DuPont New York plant blast

09 November 2010 23:53  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--One person died on Tuesday and another was seriously injured when a storage tank exploded at DuPont’s Tonawanda plant near Buffalo, New York, the company said.

A worker employed by a mechanical contractor died, DuPont said. Another worker was injured and transported to a local hospital.

“The incident involved an empty tank that had been taken out of service and was undergoing maintenance work,” DuPont said. “While workers were welding equipment connected to the tank, an explosion took place which resulted in the injuries.”

DuPont added: “The incident was limited to the equipment that was being worked on and the process involved has been shut down.”

The explosion occurred at 10:45 hours New York time (14:45 hours GMT), DuPont said.

“At this point we do not believe there was any hazardous material released to the environment,” DuPont said. “The site was not evacuated, and all other personnel on the site have been accounted for.”

DuPont said local authorities were investigating the incident.

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said it had contacted DuPont and was gathering information.

The DuPont facility manufactures products used in the building industry for countertop installations and wall cladding, as well as film used for covering applications, according to news reports.

Additional reporting by Ben DuBose and Joe Kamalick

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