NEW INFO: Washington Man Injured In Fatal Accident At Domtar

A man from Washington survived a fatal workplace accident and is now out of the hospital.

Randy Woolard, 56, of Washington, was released from Vidant Medical Center following Monday's fatal accident at the Domtar plant near Plymouth, according to law enforcement.

Lt. Drew Robinson with the Martin County Sheriff's Office says the man who was killed was 56-year-old Floyd Greene of Old Town, Florida.

Officials believe Greene was in front of a hydraulic line that became pressurized and burst. He was contracted to work at the pulp mill through CBT Services, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The accident remains under investigation.

An autopsy was planned for Greene Tuesday afternoon.

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A contractor from a Tennessee company was killed, and another employee injured in an accident Monday afternoon at the Domtar pulp plant outside of Plymouth.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office officials say there is one fatality and one injury. The injured worker was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Officials say a line blowout involving hydraulic pressure caused the accident.

The state Department of Labor says the two people worked for CBT Services, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. That company is a maintenance contractor for the paper and pulp industry.

Labor department spokesman Neal O'Briant says preliminary information shows that the employees were working on machinery and a hydraulic line behind the worker became pressurized and burst. O'Briant says it is believed the line struck the employee.

Steven Bryant, general manager of CBT Services says the plant was undergoing its annual maintenance outage where the plant is shut down so maintenance work can be performed.

He said neither of the two men are from the Plymouth area. Bryant said his other employee is going to be okay, possibly suffering a broken bone.

Bryant said his company has about a hundred employees working at the plant, and they have been there about a week. He said his company is very familiar with the plant, having done the work for many years.

Bryant said the company is working with the man's family, and assisting with the state investigation.

The accident happened shortly after noon and state inspectors are now at the plant investigating the accident.

A Domtar spokesman said they are cooperating with state and federal authorities who are investigating the fatality. Domtar says CBT had nearly completed maintenance on the plant when the accident happened.

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Authorities confirm there has been a fatal accident at the Domtar plant outside of Plymouth.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office officials say there is one fatality and one injury. The person injured was taken to the hospital, but there is no word on the condition.

Officials say a line blowout involving hydraulic pressure caused the incident.

We're told part or all of the plant is in shutdown mode, which happens multiple times a year to run maintenance on the plant. Officials say contract workers were involved in the accident.

The call came in at 12:06 p.m.

A spokesman for the state Department of Labor says they don't have information about any injuries. They say state inspectors are on their way to the plant to start an investigation.

The plant is up the river from Plymouth and is actually in Martin County.

According to Domtar's website, the mill became part of Domtar in 2007 and has an annual pulp production capacity of 444,000 metric tons in its two pulp lines, listing cellulose fibers and fluff pulp as products.

The website also says the original pulp mill on the Washington-Martin county line was opened in 1937 by the North Carolina Pulp Company, with its first paper machine started in 1947, acquired by Weyerhaeuser in 1957 and started fine paper production in 1965.


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