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Accident Injures 11 At Axiall

By Staff | Dec 23, 2015

An investigation is ongoing into the industrial accident that injured 11 workers at Axiall Corp. chemical plant on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

According to media relations representative Chip Swearngan, normal operations are continuing at the plant, except for the boiler that was involved in the accident. Swearngan said it remains shutdown.

Swearngan stated that all 11 contract employees have since been released from the hospital. The representative stated that eight of the injured were released the day of the accident. Three stayed in the hospital overnight but were released the next day.

The accident occurred on Dec. 15 at around 7 a.m. The injured employees were taken to several local hospitals for treatment.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart previously stated that the accident was called in at 8:17 a.m. Hart had reported that the injuries ranged from burns to respiratory problems, and their conditions were not known late Tuesday.

“We’re on the understanding that a boiler ruptured, releasing steam,” Hart had said. “There was steam and ash that was released.”

Tri-State Emergency Medical Services, Wetzel County EMS and the New Martinsville and Washington Lands fire departments all responded to the scene.

Atlanta-based Axiall manages the Natrium chemical production site along W.Va. 2 in Marshall County that once operated under the PPG Industries badge.