A 53-year-old Coquitlam man has died from injuries he sustained when a chemical explosion ripped through the Annacis Island plant where he worked, Delta police announced yesterday.


The victim, whose name has not been released, was an employee of Chemcraft Sadolin, which manufactures industrial paints and lacquers.


He had suffered serious burns and blast trauma from the Wednesday morning explosion that shattered windows and blew off a portion of the back wall.


Donna Freeman, manager of corporate affairs for WorkSafe B.C., said two investigators are currently working with Delta police and fire officials to determine the cause of the explosion.


“We did have officers sent immediately and were there (Wednesday and yesterday),” she said. “Obviously the investigation will involve the employer, co-workers, witnesses, looking at the worksite and equipment.”

She said the investigation could last anywhere from six weeks to several months.

The five other victims of the explosion were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and other injuries, and later released.