Four injured in chemical release at Wacker’s Charleston facility

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/30/17

Four people were injured in a chemical release at the Wacker Polysilicon North America plant near Charleston late Wednesday morning.

According to Bill Toth, director of corporate communications …

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Four injured in chemical release at Wacker’s Charleston facility

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Four people were injured in a chemical release at the Wacker Polysilicon North America plant near Charleston late Wednesday morning.

According to Bill Toth, director of corporate communications and compliance for Wacker, the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m., when a small chemical release was detected while performing routine maintenance. The Wacker incident response team immediately was sent to the impacted area and contained the release, Toth reported.

According to James Bradford, communications director for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, there was no explosion as was initially reported via social media. He said that of the four who sustained injuries in the incident, one had to be airlifted by Life Force from the scene.

Shawn Fairbanks, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service director, said Wednesday afternoon that the patient was flown to Nashville to the burn center at Vanderbilt, rather than toward Atlanta due to impending weather coming from the south. He added that while he did not have the names of those injured, many were talking in the ambulances and on the scene, and indicated they were contractors with the company, and not Wacker employees.

There was no information on the condition of those injured by the chemical leak.

Toth said that there was no risk to the community.

“This response to the incident demonstrates the value of Wacker’s robust continuous monitoring system and incident protocol,” Toth said in the Wacker media statement.

Toth said that the Charleston plant’s incident response team coordinated its investigation into the release with the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency.

More details will be provided in Thursday’s print edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.

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