- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) - Officials at Mersen USA say human error caused an oven explosion that killed a visiting employee and injured another worker at a western Pennsylvania plant on Jan. 30.

Noah Nichelson, the general manager of the St. Marys plant, tells the Bradford Era (https://bit.ly/1pV4yUg ) that “incorrect placement of materials in an otherwise safely operating curing oven” caused the explosion. Nichelson didn’t detail what materials were involved.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the blast that killed 52-year-old Arwed Ralf Uecker. Uecker was global director of research and development for Mersen USA Bn Group, based in Boonton, N.J. The blast also injured 58-year-old Neil Carter, of Ridgway, a plant production supervisor.

OSHA routinely investigates whether employers follow workplace safety guidelines after on-the-job fatalities. Those findings generally take at least six months.


Information from: The Bradford Era, https://www.bradfordera.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide