Officials were called to DAK Americas where the fatal industrial accident occurred. At around 12:15 p.m. local time, three workers were performing annual maintenance on a pump and line.
WBTV reports that the three men were covered in hot chemicals, a solution used in the plastic-making process, after a pipe that was supposed to be shut down burst open. The three workers suffered from chemical burns and were transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Alton Zeigler, 63, was fatally injured in the industrial accident. The two other men were taken to August Burn Center for further treatment of their injuries. The accident is currently under investigation, according to WBTV. The company’s public affairs director said it was the worst incident they’ve had.
The DAK Americas plant produces polymers used in plastic bottles, reports WBTV, in addition to PET resins and polyester staple fibers.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),