Electricity Possible Cause of South Carolina Worker's Death
Columbia, SC- A worker
for the Intertape Polymer Group that was severely burned
at the South Beltline plant back in July has died.
Larry Boykin, 45, was burned
when a fire started while he was pouring toulene into a
five-gallon metal bucket. The chemical was used to remove
glue from rollers and was part of the normal production
process on the masking tape production line.
There were no other injuries reported at the time of the
accident, however, both of the plant's lines were temporarily
shut down and the 52 workers on the evening shift were sent
The plant resumed normal operations
within a few days after temporarily shutting down for crews
Boykin was first treated at
a local hospital but was transferred to the Augusta Burn
Center in Augusta, Georgia, where he died.
Fire officials suspect that
static electricity may have built up in the bucket and sparked
September 20, 2006