Germany town, chem firm call in experts after TDI accident

16 August 2012 17:03  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The German town of Oestrich-Winkel, west of Wiesbaden, and a chemical firm have called in experts to advise on the disposal of a toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) tank after an accident earlier this week, officials said on Thursday.

Koepp Schauma manufacturer and processor of cellular rubber, sponge rubber and polyethylene (PE) foam, said that there was a TDI leakage from a tank at its site in Oestrich-Winkel on Monday, 13 August.

Firefighters are continuing to cool the tank.

The town’s mayor, Paul Weimann, said that the situation on the site was still “complicated and tense”, but there was no risk for neighbouring residents.

Meanwhile Koepp, the town and experts are considering the best and safest way to empty and dispose of the tank, Weimann told German media.

Koepp said that following Monday’s accident, several people had to be hospitalised for observation. German media reports said that 26 people suffered injuries and were hospitalised for a short period.

Koepp uses the TDI to manufacture foam products.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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