Canadian Manufacturing

Worker dies of injuries after Sarnia, Ont., industrial explosion

Ontario Ministry of Labour spokesperson said dust collection system located outside building to blame for explosion



SARNIA, Ont.—Police say one of five workers who were injured in an explosion at an industrial facility in southwestern Ontario has died of his injuries.

The worker, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a London, Ont., hospital with severe burns after the explosion at Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. in Sarnia, Ont., on Oct. 25.

Four other workers remain in hospital.

Ministry of Labour spokesperson Bruce Skeaff says a dust collection system located outside the building exploded at about 2:40 p.m., causing significant structural damage.

There were eight employees inside the tank car maintenance facility at the time of the blast.

The Scott Road remains closed in the area while the investigation is completed.

Veolia released a statement saying it is “fully co-operating with the Ministry of Labour and other local authorities to investigate its cause.”

“The employees of Veolia are deeply concerned for our co-workers, and our thoughts are prayers are with them at this time.”

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