Fatal Incident at IN Coal Plant

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:05 AM gHale

A Gallagher Station employee died Monday from injuries sustained in an industrial accident at the New Albany, IN, facility, officials said.

Clarence Silviking, 65, was transported to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident was “believed to be an accident,” said New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey.

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Silviking had worked 36 years at Gallagher Station, which is operated by Duke Energy. Gallagher Generating Station is a four-unit coal-burning power plant located along the Ohio River.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Angeline Protogere confirmed there was an incident at the plant Monday morning and issued the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we confirm that this morning a Duke Energy employee sustained fatal injuries while working at Gallagher Station in New Albany, Ind. We don’t have other details to share at this time, but we will be doing a thorough investigation. We extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the employee’s family and friends, including those with whom he worked.”

Stephanie McFarland, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said in workplace incidents like this one, state investigators are quickly on the scene. She said it could take weeks before a final report is issued about the incident.



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