Processing Magazine

Tank Explodes at DuPont Plant Killing Worker

November 10, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports, a tank undergoing maintenance exploded at a DuPont plant, killing one worker and injuring another. Workers were welding equipment connected to the empty 10,000-gallon tank outside the facility when the explosion occurred, according to a statement from DuPont. Company officials do not believe hazardous materials were released to the environment. "The incident was limited to the equipment that was being worked on and the process involved has been shut down," the statement said. The worker who died was employed by Mollenberg-Betz, a Buffalo mechanical contractor. The injured worker''s name and condition also were unavailable. The plant produces Corian countertops and sinks and Tedlar laminate film used in solar panels. Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont said it was cooperating with police and fire officials and was conducting its own investigation.