Two workers injured in PennAKem plant explosion in Tennessee

24 September 2012 23:33  [Source: ICIS news]

MEMPHIS (ICIS)--PennAKem, a specialty chemical company in Memphis, Tennessee, shut down early on Monday after a plant explosion severely injured two employees.

The fire was extinguished and its cause was under investigation, the Memphis Fire Department said.

The fire produced smoke but there were no chemical leaks, said fire department Lt Wayne Cooke.

“Everything was confined to the plant,” he said. “The neighbourhoods were not affected.”

The two injured suffered from second-degree burns on 90-100% of their bodies and were listed in critical condition.

PennAKem is a subsidiary of Minakem, which produces fine chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

PennAKem could not be reached for comment.

By: Tracy Dang
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