LOS ANGELES Two workers
are being treated for second-degree burns following an
explosion April 2 at Allegheny Technologies Inc.s
titanium sponge plant in Rowley, Utah.
The two men were performing
"preventative maintenance" when a filter caught fire, according
to an ATI spokesman at the companys headquarters in
Tooele County emergency services
received a call at 1:30 p.m., county spokesman Wade Mathews
told AMM. He said the first responders to the accident
included ATIs own emergency management team at the
The men were decontaminated with
soap and water, as required following an industrial accident
involving potentially harmful chemicals, Mathews said. They
were then transported via helicopter to the University of
Utahs burns center in Salt Lake City after suffering
burns to their faces, arms, hands and upper torsos, he said.
The men, who were not named, were reported to be in stable
After an initial safety check
following the incident, it was determined that the plant
incurred no serious damage, and production at the plant
resumed, Mathews said.
ATI reported the incident to the
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will
be investigating, Mathews said.
It was the second burn incident
at Rowley since the plant started up in late 2009. The first
was a processing flashback in September 2010, according to the
Rowley is the newest U.S. sponge
plant, with a capacity of 24 million pounds per year. While ATI
has not disclosed its production rate recently, it has said the
$460-million plant is already producing industrial and standard
aerospace-quality sponge and is working toward qualification to
produce sponge for rotating aircraft engine parts.