Volume 91 Issue 42 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 21, 2013 | Web Date: October 16, 2013

Dow Chemical Worker Dies After Plant Fire

Safety: Trimethylindium identified as cause of electronic materials facility blaze
Department: Business | Collection: Safety
Keywords: accident, death, industry, OSHA, CSB, shutdown

An Oct. 9 fire at a Dow Chemical electronic materials facility in North Andover, Mass., resulted in the death of production operator Carlos A. Amaral, 51. The cause of the fire was exposure of tri­methylindium to air, according to a press release issued by the Massachusetts state fire marshal. Trimethylindium, used to make semiconductors, ignites spontaneously in air.

Amaral died from injuries sustained in the . . .

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