Sun Chemical begins probe as explosion at US plant injures 7 workers

10 October 2012 17:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sun Chemical has begun to probe the cause of an explosion that injured seven workers at its printing inks chemical plant in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it said on Wednesday.

Sun Chemical, said that an explosion or flash fire occurred on Tuesday at the plant’s pre-mix room.

Five of the injured workers were in fair condition while two others were being treated at a hospital burn unit, the company said.

Sun Chemical did not say if or to what extent the accident affected production at the plant, which makes black newspaper printing ink by blending carbon black with other components.

Meanwhile, the company’s leading process safety manger will work with authorities to investigate the cause of the accident, it said.

“Sun Chemical, like every responsible member of the chemical industry, cannot and will not speculate on the cause of an incident like this until a full root-cause investigation is completed,” it said.

“At this time we cannot rule out any possible causal factor,” it added.

The incident was contained inside the plant building itself. There was no danger to anyone offsite, nor any external contamination or environmental impact, the company said.

Sun Chemical, which is a member of Japan’s DIC group, is described as the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments and a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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