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Two killed in Belgian metal plant blast

24 January 2014

On January 23, two men were killed in an explosion during welding work at the Umicore metals processing plant at Olen in Antwerp province, Belgium. The two people were working in a silo in which acid fluids were stored, a spokesman said, adding, "For unknown reasons, there was an explosion and the silo collapsed".

A company statement said: “Umicore in Olen, employs 950 employees and manufactures and sells products, primarily based on nickel, cobalt and germanium, and for a wide range of applications. At no time was there any danger to nearby residents or the environment. Production has continued albeit at a lower level yesterday and today. There should be no overall impact.”

The accident is being investigated by the prosecutor’s office in Antwerp.

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