Blast at Mitsui Chemicals plant in Japan kills one worker

23 April 2012 01:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--One worker was killed and 21 workers and nearby residents were injured in an explosion and fire at a resorcinol plant at Mitsui Chemicals’ Iwakuni-Ohtake site in Yamaguchi, Japan, on Sunday.

Mitsui Chemicals said the explosion occurred at around 02:15 hours Japan local time.

The fire, which spread to a cymene plant at the site, was brought under control at 17:15 hours, the company said.

The accident caused extensive damage to windows and roofs at 14 plants at the site, the company added.

Mitsui Chemicals said that the 21 injured included seven Mitsui employees, two workers from a company that works for Mitsui, and two workers at an adjacent JX Nippon Oil refinery, as well as 10 community residents. Two of the Mitsui workers suffered serious injuries, the company added.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Resorcinol is an adhesive agent for wood and tyres.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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