Man Dies after Chem Plant Blast

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 05:09 PM gHale


A contractor died after a welding explosion at a chemical plant in Augusta, GA.

Steven Gonsalves, 29, of Beech Island, GA, died in the blast that occurred at the DSM Resins plant and was caused by a welding accident, said Augusta Fire Chief Chris James.

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Two other workers have been taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination for chemical exposure, he said.

No evacuation was necessary at the Augusta plant, which produces powder-coat paint resins.

The plant, which produces powder-coat paint resins, is part of a massive industrial complex that includes the recently shuttered Fibrant caprolactam plant –formerly owned by DSM – and an adjacent nitrogen plant operated by Canadian fertilizer company PotashCorp.

In a statement, Hugh Welsh, the president of DSM North America, said the three men were not DSM employees.

“Based on current information these were contractors working on site,” Welsh said.

He said the incident will be investigated by DSM.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred today at the DSM site in Augusta,” Welsh said. “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who suffered a fatal injury as well as the two men who were injured in the accident.”



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