Man killed in explosion at Arab chemical company

A man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an explosion at Umicore Specialty Chemicals in Arab.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 4:15 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 9:13 AM

ARAB, Ala. -- A man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an explosion at Umicore Specialty Chemicals in Arab.

Workers were cutting and grinding on a tank in a new part of the plant, when it exploded. The tank was empty, but it used to hold sulfuric acid.

Arab Police Department and Arab Fire Department responded to the scene, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was called to conduct an investigation.

Officials said there is no threat to the community right now.  

According to the Umicore website the company has many locations throughout the country and the world. They work with different heavy metals and chemicals. 

A search on the OSHA website showed nine locations in the United States have been involved in investigations. Six of the locations were found to have a total of 21 safety violations that led to fines.

There were Hubbard and Drake marked trucks at the plant in Arab Tuesday. Hubbard and Drake is a contractor out of Decatur. WAAY 31 called their corporate office to see if they were involved in the incident, but they were closed. An OSHA search revealed no violations or fines against the company.

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