Worker Killed, 2 Others Injured in South Carolina Plant Accident

December 7, 2016

Authorities say one worker is dead and two other injured after a pipe with hot chemicals burst at a plant that makes plastics used in bottles in Calhoun County, S.C.

Coroner Donnie Porth told media outlets that the solution used to make the plastic spewed on the workers around noon Tuesday at the DAK Americas plant just off Interstate 26 about 20 miles south of Columbia.

Site Manager Mark Leonhardt told reporters the three workers were doing annual maintenance on a pump and the line was supposed to be shut down,

Investigators are talking to witnesses to get more details.

Porth identified the dead worker as 63-year-old Alton Zeigler. The names of the injured employees weren’t released.

DAK Americans is one of Calhoun County’s biggest employers with about 425 workers.

Topics South Carolina

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