TORONTO — An explosion at a chemical plant in East York has left one person dead and another injured.
The incident occurred at 9:50 a.m. today (Sept. 8) at Siltech Corporation, located at Wicksteed Ave and Beth Nealson Drive in Toronto. According to Toronto Police Operations Twitter, a chemical spill caused a fire. The plant was evacuated and the roads were shut down in the area.
Siltech develops and manufactures a full line of organo-functional silicone compounds and related specialties and serves a range of industries such as personal care, urethane foam, inks and coatings, plastics and polymers, car care, textiles, automotive, oil and gas, HI&I, water treatment, leather, mining and composites, indicates the company’s website.
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) was notified.
It is reported that one worker has been fatally injured and another worker is being transported to hospital, stated an MLTSD spokesperson in an email to the Daily Commercial News, adding the extent of the second worker’s injuries is unknown.
The MLTSD will be investigating. An inspector has been assigned and the investigation is ongoing.