UpdateGerman authorities probe fatal accident at fertilizer plant

20 September 2012 15:49  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--German authorities have begun an investigation into a fatal accident at SKW Piesteritz’s fertilizer production site in Wittenberg in the country’s Saxony-Anhalt state, officals said on Thursday.

Three workers from an outside firm died on Wednesday evening (19 September) during maintenance work on the chimney of an ammonia unit. The unit was shut down as the whole site is currently undergoing a maintenance turnaround.

SKW said that the cause of the accident is not yet known.

The bodies of the workers, who were doing corrosion protection work, were found at different levels of scaffolding on the 42m chimney, a police official said.

SKW is Germany’s largest producer of urea and ammonia, according to information on its website. The company is owned by Czech firm Agrofert.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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