Chemical explosion at Wisconsin business injured 3

Legal news for Wisconsin employment attorneys. A chemical explosion in Schofield injured three workers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to investigate a chemical explosion at a Wisconsin business that injured three employees.

Wausau, WI—A chemical explosion in Schofield injured three people on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The explosion occurred at Quality Surface Processing at 1070 Pine Street around 9:25 a.m., as reported by the Wausau Daily Herald.

The employees were reportedly striping paint from pieces of metal by putting the metal in a salt bath, which ignited the explosion. Apparently an unknown chemical reaction prompted the explosion when excess heat was generated. One person sustained injuries in the explosion, which consisted of what appeared to be burns. The unidentified worker was rushed by responding emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance to Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston for treatment by doctors and nurses. EMS crews also treated two other workers for smoke or chemical inhalation at the scene. There apparently was only minimal damage to the QSP building; Wisconsin Public Service inspected the scene to assess the damage.

Everest Metro and the Schofield fire departments responded to the scene. Quality Surface Processing is reportedly a manufacturing service company. A full investigation into the chemical explosion is underway. Officials from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are expected to conduct an investigation into the incident as well.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for employment lawyers in Wisconsin.