Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Quaker Chemical worker killed in Indiana blast


Quaker Chemical Corp., of Conshohocken, said one of its workers doing contract work at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Marion, Ind., was killed Tuesday afternoon in an explosion at the plant.

The Chronicle-Tribune newspaper in Grant County, Ind., said the Quaker worker was identified by the county coroner as Marion resident James L. Gibson, 48. Several GM workers suffered minor injuries in the blast, which reportedly involved a tank of chlorine dioxide, and whose cause remained under investigation Wednesday.

Quaker Chemical said in a prepared statement that it provides inventory management and other contract services at the site.

"Right now our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with this employee's family and the other injured workers and their families," Quaker CEO Michael F. Barry, said in the statement.

The GM plant, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, resumed operations Wednesday. GM's website says the plant employs about 1,600 and provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for vehicles to GM assembly plants across North America.

- Inquirer staff and wire services

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