One man has died, and two have been injured in a York County, South Carolina paper plant accident which occurred around 1:30 a.m. last Tuesday at the Resolute Forest Products plant in Catawba. The men were doing maintenance on an old decommissioned tank outside of the main production area.
Investigators think that a chemical leaked into a tank that the men were working on. Two of the men were barely able to escape, and the third man died in the tank. One of the injured men were taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. A further investigation will take place with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and York County will assist with the investigation.
This is not the first time the paper mill has experienced an accident as a result of a chemical leak. Last May, one man was seriously burned, and three others were injured in a chemical leak. Resolute Forest Products employs about 700 people and makes commercial printing papers and market pulp.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related accident, make sure that your employer is compensating you sufficiently. For a consultation, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at 803-548-4444, or toll free at 877-374-5999.