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OH: Arc Flash at Momentive Performance Materials

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Hebron, OH: An explosion at a factory sent one person with burns to the hospital Tuesday.  The incident was reported just after 3 p.m. at Momentive Performance Materials, 611 O’Neill Drive SE, Hebron.

The man who suffered burns to his hands and face was flown by medical helicopter to the Ohio State University Medical Center’s burn center.  The man’s name and age were not available.  The electrical flash fire was caused by an electric arc flash from an electrical panel, according to a written statement from Momentive Performance Materials Inc. According to safety material from General Electric, arcs are violent events caused by electricity using the air as a path instead of conductive material.  There were no other injuries, and the fire was contained to the immediate area of the electrical panel.

It was unclear what caused the lighting panel to arc, Hebron Fire Chief Randy Weekly said. The man who was taken to the hospital was in the area of the panel that arced, Weekly said.  Hebron, Heath, Buckeye Lake, West Licking and Granville Township fire departments responded to the scene.  Weekly cleared employees for return to the building at 4:30 p.m. The company will investigate the incident.

In April 8, 2011, The Advocate reported Momentive was breaking ground on a $5.4 million expansion of the manufacturing facility in the Newark Industrial Park off Ohio 79 in Hebron.  The 8,600-square-foot expansion was to add 10 jobs to the local plant, increasing the work force from about 80 in 2009 ago to 255. It was to and allow for a 30 percent increase in production capacity for the company’s largest-diameter fused quartz tubing.  The expansion allowed the company to meet increased demand for its high-purity specialty-fused quartz materials, used by the semiconductor industry in the production of computer chips.  Momentive, previously based in Albany, N.Y., merged with Columbus-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals, a $5.2 billion company, in October 2011. The new company has 3,600 patents and 20,000 customers.

Story via newarkadvocate.com

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