The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating a chemical explosion at the Dow Chemical Co. in North Andover that critically injured four people. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said the explosion, which occurred Jan. 7, was in a lab where employees were working with trimethyl-aluminum – a chemical used to make LED lights that is highly reactive with water. At some point, the chemical – which is usually housed in glass vials inside metal containers – came into contact with water and caused a “violent explosion in that laboratory,” according to the fire marshal. He said: “something went terribly wrong with the process.” The explosion is being classified at this preliminary stage as an industrial accident. There will be an extensive investigation into whether Dow Chemical was in compliance with the state’s “enhanced” chemical process regulations.
Source: Boston Herald
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