Chemical Safety Incidents
Explosion Kills Worker at WA Recycler
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 12:03 PM gHale
A 62-year-old man died Monday when a bus he was dismantling blew apart at a Pacific, WA, metal recycling plant, officials said.
Fred Schoenbachler of Orting man was on top of the bus at Metals Express when it blew up about 11:30 a.m. and threw him about 25 feet into the air, said Valley Regional Fire Authority spokeswoman Kimberly Terhune.
Schoenbachler was working on a natural gas fuel tank at the plant when the tank blew apart, Pacific police spokeswoman Heather Malavotte said Tuesday. Police are not considering it an explosion, but said it would have sounded like one.
No one else suffered an injury in the incident.
Schoenbachler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said he suffered burns before going into cardiac arrest.