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Production at Wacker US polysilicon factory still offline six months after explosion

02 March 2018

Following an explosion at its Charleston, Tennessee, production facility in 7 September 2017, German polysilicon manufacturer Wacker Chemie has said production was still halted, but was expected to restart in spring. According to the company, the explosion, which injured two, was caused by a hydrogen leak. Wacker also faces fines for health and safety violations not related to the explosion.

Charleston polysilicon plant - Image: Wacker Chemie
Charleston polysilicon plant - Image: Wacker Chemie

An earlier incident on August 30 resulted in the hospitalisation of five employees, leading Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) to issue two citations for two serious violations, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The citations regard the provision of personal protective equipment and employee safety during maintenance work and are worth more than $20,000 in fines.

Further citations for safety violations are expected to result from the September 7 incident.

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