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Fire department issues report on fatal welding accident

The Augusta Fire Department has released a report on a fatal welding accident that took the life of a 29-year-old Aiken County man. The accident occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at DSM Resins in Augusta. The fire department was dispatched to the company around 12:15 p.m., and were informed that an explosion took place.

The report noted that the explosion involved a stationary liquid tank and that there was no active fire. The report also stated that one person was still in the tank upon their arrival and one person was unaccounted for in the area of the explosion. The safety team at the company removed the one worker from the tank, taking that worker and one other to a local hospital.

The fire crews located the missing employee not far from the tank (75 feet). The missing employee turned out to be the 29-year-old victim who died at the time of the accident. The report says that the tank held wastewater that began to leak and it was kept inside a containment dyke.

The two workers transported to the hospital were going through decontamination for exposure to chemicals. The Augusta Fire Chief told reporters the day of the accident that evacuation of the plant was unnecessary.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was contacted by the company immediately after the explosion occurred. OSHA said it will be conducting a complete investigation into the explosion.

Being injured on the job can leave you with traumatic injuries in Atlanta. Speaking with an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you understand your situation and find out what legal options are available.

Source: Aiken Standard, "Fire report details fatal chemical plant welding explosion in Augusta," Sep. 28, 2017

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