Early Sunday morning, three workers were injured after a chemical explosion occurred inside a Taunton industrial facility. The accident took place at IQE, located on 200 John Hancock Rd., just before 12:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found three employees with burns on their faces and hands. The equipment was undergoing maintenance at the time of the explosion.
Firefighters were also notified about the possibility of air contamination due to the release of hazardous materials. Tier 2 Hazardous Materials Response later arrived at the scene and discovered that the explosion involved compressed hydrogen and arsine. Officials determined the danger was confined to a piece of equipment used in manufacturing and no hazardous materials were released.
The three injured employees were taken to Morton Hospital, where they were later treated and released.
The cause of the Taunton chemical plant explosion is still under investigation.
For 25 years, IQE has specialized in the compound semiconductor industry. They are a global supplier of advanced wafer products and wafer services. They have manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia, and in the U.S. IQE operates six business units including wireless, photonics, InfraRed, CPV, power switching, LEDs and advanced electronics. The compound semiconductor industry uses toxic materials in their manufacturing process. Some toxic materials include arsine, phosphine, and other dangerous chemicals. It is vital for employers in the semiconductor industry to deliver safety training and to maintain a safe work environment to prevent tragic work accidents.
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