Four Injured, One Tragically Killed in Wacker Polysilicon Plant Industrial Accident
According to an online news report by NewsChannel9.com, one contractor was tragically killed, and several others were injured in severe industrial accident at the Wacker Polysilicon plant located in Charleston, Tennessee.*
The company spokesperson, Lisa Mantooth, provided a company statement and she stated that the injured workers were transported to local hospitals. She stated that by 6 p.m., three of the workers were continuing to receive medical treatment, and another worker had been treated and was released by the hospital.
According to an interview given by the Site Manager and Vice President Mary Beth Hudson, what they believe to have caused the accident was a small release of a mixture of hydrochloric acid and steam occurred while a maintenance operation was being conducted by the contractors. The leak was quickly contained, according to the company Vice President Mary Beth Hudson. She continued by stating the contractors were harmed but the local community was never endangered.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
One resident who was interviewed in the news report stated that they heard some information about the accident on the radio. They also stated that some workers believed an explosion was going happen, or that some workers at the plant believed that they would eventually get injured. The resident stated that they had seen the 2017 explosion that happened at the same site.
In 2017, a Wacker plant explosion occurred inside the hydrogen recovery building and that accident injured 13 people.
The Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) stated in its final investigative report that the explosion occurred when "a piston fractured, which released hydrogen that ignited." TOSHA fined Wacker $25,000 for accident-related violations .
The emergency was responded to by the Wacker Fire department, Bradley County Sheriffs Office, Bradley County EMS, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Bradley County EMA, and AMR from McMinn County.
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