Meadville Tribune

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June 28, 2014

OSHA to investigate Lord Corp. fire

SAEGERTOWN — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate Thursday’s flash fire that injured one worker at Lord Corp.’s chemical plant in Saegertown, according to a company spokesman.

The injured worker, a man who wasn’t identified by Lord Corp., was burned when a small fire started around noon during the cleaning of mixing equipment. Lord makes adhesives and coatings at its Saegertown plant.

The injured worker was flown by helicopter ambulance for treatment at an undisclosed hospital Thursday, according to Will Austin, a company spokesman at Lord’s Cary, N.C., headquarters.

On Friday, Austin confirmed OSHA will investigate the cause of Thursday’s fire.

Meanwhile, another written statement concerning the injured worker was issued by Scott Brunson, manager for Lord Corp.’s Saegertown plant.

“Lord Corp. treats all employee-related matters confidentially and is not at liberty to discuss the specifics of this employee’s medical condition,” the statement said. “We are tending to needs of the employee’s family while also respecting their privacy during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with this employee and his family while he is undergoing treatment.”

“Our foremost priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and we are currently conducting an investigation regarding the cause of the fire,” the statement concluded.

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