Dutch life science company DSM reported this week that on Tuesday three people were killed following an explosion at its Melamine Plant 2 in Geleen, the Netherlands.
The explosion occured during work on a gas-fired reactor and although initially the temperature in the plants furnace stopped rescue workers from recovering the bodies, the company reported yesterday that the temperature was sufficiently cool for the emergency services to enter the plant.
In a statement Peter Elverding, chairman of the DSM managing board offered his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims stating that, 'we will do everything we can to help and support the families of the victims.'
A full investigation by the relevant authorities into the causes of the fatal incident has now been launched. Elverding added :'DSM will cooperate fully with this investigation into the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and we will publish further details as soon as we have them. »
The victims are a DSM employee and two contractor employees who were working in the plant. Two other people who were hurt in the explosion were allowed home after receiving treatment from the DSM medical department.