Today at about 10.25 at the Svetlogorsk Pulp and Cardboard Mill (Republic of Belarus), an explosion occurred, then clouds of smoke appeared in the air. There was an open burning of the roof of a tank with a volume of 250 cubic meters. m at the tall oil preparation area.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, at 11.53 the fire was localized. Now the units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations are extinguishing the fire and cooling the adjacent tank.
When falling from a height from a blast wave, a 40-year-old welder of the contracting organization Trest Belsantekhmontazh No. 1, who was performing welding work on an ignited tank, died.
Also, a 41-year-old man turned to the ambulance workers, who was hospitalized after examination with a diagnosis of blunt trauma.
Residents of the village of Yakimova Sloboda, located next to the plant, said that they first heard a roar, then black smoke poured out.
An investigation is underway. Also at the scene – the management and service of labor protection and industrial safety of the concern Bellesbumprom.
In 2012, OJSC Svetlogorsk Pulp and Cardboard Mill and OJSC Chinese Engineering Corporation CAMCE began implementing a joint project to build a bleached sulfate pulp plant.