Explosion injures worker at Morrisburg factory

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MORRISBURG — An explosion at a Morrisburg factory injured an employee, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills confirms.

The ministry says it received notification Dec. 4 of the explosion at Evonik Oil Additives Incorporated Canada. “It was reported a worker was injured. An MLTSD inspector attended the scene. One requirement was issued,” a spokesperson wrote by email. The ministry continues to investigate what happened.

SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland reports the detachment also responded to the workplace incident. “A 26-year-old male was transported to hospital with severe burns,” said Copeland, who had no further details.

The company, which confirms the incident occurred at a half past midnight, is cooperating with authorities, Catherine Berg, Head of Market Communications Oil Additives, said in an emailed statement.

“At approximately 12:30 a.m., Evonik’s Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada site experienced a fire and explosion that resulted in an injury to an operator at the site. The employee was taken to Ottawa Civic Hospital and later transported to a Toronto-area hospital for further treatment,” wrote Berg, also noting the “fire has been extinguished and there has been no impact to the environment.”

“Safety is Evonik’s top priority and the company has been cooperating with authorities respecting [the] incident. Evonik would like to thank the first responders for their care and professionalism in response to this incident.”

“Our company cares deeply about our people and their safety, and our first concern right now is with our employee and their family,” said Owen Caves, site manager at the Morrisburg plant.

The County Rd. 2 facility employs around 30 people, manufacturing additives that improve the properties of engine oil. The Evonik plant was previously known as Rohm & Haas.

This article was updated to include a statement from Evonik and updated again to include the statement from site manager Owen Caves.

 

 

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