Canada chemical explosion claims third victim

11 November 2012 18:54  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--The chemical explosion at a pharmaceuticals plant east of Montreal last week has claimed the life of a third worker, officials said on Sunday.

The worker, who had suffered burns covering up to 90% of his body in Thursday’s explosion at Neptune Technologies & Bioressources’ plant in Sherbrooke, died on Saturday in a Montreal hospital. The explosion involving acetone immediately killed two workers and injured 19.

Meanwhile, Quebec’s labour safety agency CSST suspended recovery and clean-up work at the site because of explosion risks from the remaining acetone, spokeswoman Julie Fournier said in a media briefing.

Fournier said that the exact amount of acetone remaining on the site was not known. Officials estimated that about 27,000 litres remained. Initially, they had talked about 15,000 litres.

Neptune uses acetone as a solvent in its production processes.

Neptune extracts omega-3 phospholipids and other ingredients from marine biomass for use in pharmaceuticals products and dietary supplements.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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