injured in Illinois ammunition factory explosion
October 19, 2004
Alton, Illinois-- Four workers were injured in a small explosion
at Hanley Industries. Hanley Industries produces ammunition for
the U.S. military.
According to a company press release,
an automatic loading machine at Hanley Industries at 3640 Seminary
Road "ignited during operations" at 7:39 a.m.
Four people working around the machine
were injured by "flying plastic parts" and taken to Alton
Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to
the Fosterburg Fire Department, which responded to the accident.
"The fire was extinguished with
dry-chemical (extinguishers) before we arrived," Fosterburg
firefighter Mark Webster said.
A hazardous-material team was not needed,
Hanley Industries officials declined
to comment, referring to their press release. The injured workers
suffered mostly nicks and scrapes, according to the release, and
none was life-threatening. Production has resumed, and the company
will conduct an internal investigation.
Cynthia Wagner, assistant area director
for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the
agency had not yet determined whether an investigation is warranted.
OSHA investigations are required when three or more people are hospitalized,
she said, but optional in cases of minor injuries.