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Unaware of maintenance being done, worker injured at NS salt plant

Amherst, NS -- A worker has sustained second-degree burns in an industrial accident at a Sifto Canada Inc. evaporat...


Amherst, NS — A worker has sustained second-degree burns in an industrial accident at a Sifto Canada Inc. evaporation plant in Amherst, NS. An investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development.

 

The injury occurred May 7, 2009, when the worker was doing a standard quality control check. At the time, he did not notice that another worker was performing maintenance on the equipment used to process salt at the facility.

 

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The quality control worker was sprayed with a solution of hot brine. An evaporation process is used to extract the salt after water is pumped into mined salt deposits. The brine is then pumped out and placed in a series of large vacuum pans so the water can evaporate, leaving the salt to settle. It is removed later in another process. The result is a high-purity, perfectly-crystallized product consisting of over 99.8% sodium chloride.

 

Sifto Canada of Mississauga, ON, is the third largest salt company in the world.