MEC&F Expert Engineers : Chemical plant worker, 43-year-old Clinton "Clint" Colby Haywood Miller, died after he fell 10 feet into an empty tank at AkzoNobel company's Salisbury plant in South Carolina

Monday, May 14, 2018

Chemical plant worker, 43-year-old Clinton "Clint" Colby Haywood Miller, died after he fell 10 feet into an empty tank at AkzoNobel company's Salisbury plant in South Carolina


A North Carolina chemical plant is on shutdown as the company and investigators explore why a worker died.

A spokeswoman for Dutch chemical-maker AkzoNobel said Sunday the man fell into an empty tank at the company's Salisbury plant. Spokeswoman Stephanie Murray says the site produces polymers used in everyday personal care products.

She said she doesn't know if the worker died from falling 10 feet into the tank or as a result of some chemical reaction. Murray says investigations are under way. The worker was involved with operations to load the tank around 4 a.m. Saturday. Murray says production at the plant has been suspended since the incident.


Worker Falls to Death at AkzoNobel Chemical Plant in NC
May 7, 2018

The AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry plant in Salisbury, NC. Image courtesy of Google Earth

A worker died early Saturday following a fall into an empty tank at the AkzoNobel plant in Salisbury, NC during a loading operation, officials told local news organizations.

The worker fell into the storage vessel at about 4 a.m., and emergency personnel arrived at the AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry site in Salisbury to find the man dead in the tank, the company told Charlotte, NC-based CBS News affiliate WBTV.

“We are terribly saddened by this loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s family and the rest of the employees at our site in Salisbury. At this time, we are working with first responder sto further investigate the incident. Our primary concern is providing support for the family and ensuring the continued well-being and safety of our other employees,” a company spokesperson said to WBTV.

Family members of the victim said the man involved in the incident was 43-year-old Clint Miller. An AkzoNobel spokesperson said in a report by the Associated Press that it is unclear whether the fatal injuries were caused by the fall itself or a chemical reaction.

Production at the plant was halted after the death. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into the incident.

AkzoNobel’s plant in Salisbury manufactures polymers found in personal care goods. 


Clinton "Clint" Colby Haywood Miller, 43, of Rockwell, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018.

He was born July 10, 1974 in Charlotte, NC to Sandra Gibb Miller and the late Kelly Miller. Clint was a 1992 graduate of West Charlotte High School and he attended Wingate University. Clint worked for AzkoNobel in Salisbury.

Clint was a man who was strong in his faith that had a passion for helping others. He was a faithful member and volunteer of Nazareth Community Church, he was a member of the choir, and part of the Men's Group. He loved his girls, his grandchildren, golf, the Mets, and the Dallas Cowboys.

He will be remembered as the BEST husband, daddy and pop pop!

In addition to his mother, Clint is survived by his wife of over 24 years, Cynthia Upright Miller, whom he married on June 19, 1993; daughters, Alana Hope Cruse and husband James of Kings Bay, GA, and Kayla Miller Lakey and husband Samuel of Kannapolis; grandsons, Judah and Asher Lakey; brother, John Cordell of Baltimore, MD; and sister, Kelly Brickey of Mount Holly, NC.

The family will greet friends and relatives on Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Nazareth Community Church, Rockwell, NC.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Nazareth Community Church, Rockwell, NC, with Rev. Mike Shoaf, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Nazareth Community Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Nazareth Community Church PO Box 444 Rockwell NC 28138.