1 dead, 2 injured in ex-Bowater plant in southern York County

Posted January 22, 2013 1:12 pm | Filed under Local News

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast has identified the body of the man who died early Tuesday morning at the Resolute Forest Products plant in Southeastern York County.

Gast says 39-year-old Samir Storey of Indian Trail, North Carolina did in a ‘workplace accident’ at what is commonly known as the Bowater plant.

York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell says two workers entered a decommissioned tank they thought was safe.

Howell says an investigation will determine whether all safety procedures were followed.

Resolute Products spokeswoman Debbie Johnston says the two workers involved in the mishap were contractors with a construction labor support company that has offices in Charlotte.

The plant, commonly known by its former owner Bowater, is owned by Resolute Forest Products in Canada and has had its share of injuries in the last two decades.

Last year, four men were burned after a substance known as “white liquor” leaked in a pulping area. And in 2000, two contract welders were killed while connecting pipes to an outdoor tank. Resolute Forest Products paid $6,100 in fines last year for four violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Those violations were listed as “serious” incidents that could result in death or serious physical harm.