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Three workers injured in explosion at South Korea petrochemical plant

31 October 2019

Three people were injured in a blast on October 30 at a petrochemical plant in Ulsan, South Korea, according to the Korea Herald. An oil storage tank at the Kolon Industries petroleum resin facility exploded at about 8:25 a.m.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

When the incident occurred, three subcontractors were at the top of the tank working to connect piping, the newspaper said. The workers fell about 1.5 metres after the blast, and one of the subcontractors received first-degree burns.

The Herald said the facility was undergoing regular maintenance at the time. Investigators told the newspaper that the explosion may have occurred because lingering vapour in the tank quickly increased in pressure.

Kolon Industries’ Chemicals section produces hydrocarbon resins, phenolic resin, epoxy resin, and PU/TPU, the company’s website said.


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