Four workers suffer chemical burns at Wacker Chemical plant in US
27 July 2020
Four workers suffered injuries while performing maintenance tasks in a process building at Wacker Chemical’s polysilicon production facility in Charleston, Tennessee on July 24.
Charleston plant - Image: Wacker
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the incident occurred around 13:50 local time and all four workers were taken to a nearby hospital. A spokesperson for Wacker said that the workers had been conducting maintenance on non-operating equipment. The spokesperson added that there had been no damage caused to the environment or local community.
The local police department said in a statement that the four men were taken to hospital via ambulance and airlift with suspected chemical burns and that they had potentially inhaled toxic substances.
The Wacker Chemical plant in Charleston has experienced safety incidents before, notably in September 2017 when an explosion injured 13 people. The blast released a cloud of low-concentrated hydrochloric acid and came just eight days after another incident at the plant. Production was shut down for almost eight months after the explosion.
Wacker’s polysilicon plant in Charleston was opened in 2016 at a cost of $2.5 billion.
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