At least 16 workers are injured in a fire which occurred at a Formosa plastics plant in Point Comfort, Texas on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. According to Yahoo! News, two of the workers are in critical condition. The fire also shut down the ethylene purification area at the plant for the time being. A spokesman for the Formosa Plastics Corporation says that the accident is under investigation. Officials at the scene have not determined the cause of the fire.
Plant firefighters were quick to extinguish the blaze before the local fire departments arrived. The workers were at the ethylene purification site when the fire erupted. Eight employees have already been treated and released from local hospitals. Two workers in critical condition are receiving emergency attention. The Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca says that they went "Code Gray" in order to respond to the emergency at the nearby petrochemical plant and treat patients promptly.
The hospital decontaminated all patients, worried that they may have been exposed to harmful chemicals from the fire. During the Code Gray Memorial Medical Center was put on lockdown in order to focus on caring for the workers. Extra staff and doctors were added to care for these individuals. The hospital staff says that most workers who arrived at the medical facility suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns.
The Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. in Point Comfort, Texas is a 1,600 acre petrochemical complex. According to the Formosa Plastics website, the company recently achieved a goal of three million man-hours without a lost-time injury before this fire occurred. The company writes that they are committed to the health and safety of their employees and the community surrounding the plant. Formosa says that they want to keep their environment clean and make sure that their workplace is free of health and safety hazards.
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