A big explosion rocked Unilin’s wood product plant in Mount Gilead, NC, killing one employee and sending another to the hospital, officials said.

Both injured men ended up airlifted to nearby hospitals for burn treatment after the explosion.

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Seedy Bah, a nine-year veteran of the company, died at the hospital the next morning.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that Mr. Seedy Bah passed away at around 2:30 am on May 17,” Unilin officials said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.” 

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The company said Bah was well-liked by all of his colleagues. The other victim, Raymond Thompson, is still receiving care.

The explosion, which occurred around 3 p.m. May 16, is currently under investigation. There is no estimate on damage to the plant.

James Tyson, a communications officer for the Raleigh Department of Labor, said the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) division is conducting an investigation into what happened. According to the department’s website, an investigation can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months, depending on the accident. If citations and penalties are issued, that information will release when the investigation is complete.

Unilin, a manufacturer of laminate flooring, recently expanded its nearby Thomasville facility with the addition of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse as part of a $36 million investment. The expansion added 50 jobs — bringing the company’s local workforce to over 350.

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