2 Hurt in Aerosol Can Blast

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 11:06 AM gHale


Two workers at the Pharmasol manufacturing facility in Easton, MA, suffered injuries when an aerosol can exploded and triggered a small fire.

An aerosol makeup can exploded last Thursday after falling onto its side while it was in a shrink-wrapping machine, firefighters said. The plant manufactures pharmaceuticals and personal-care products.

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Heat from the shrink-wrap machine caused the pressurized contents in the can to explode, which then caused “a brief flash fire,” said Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge.

Two of the four workers in the area of the explosion and fire were injured, one suffering a burn on her arm and the second likely has minor burns to her face, he added.

The incident was the “the fourth or fifth” one of its kind this year, Partridge said.

“We’re going to talk with them about increasing safety,” he said.

Everything in the building appeared up to code, Partridge said, but he wants to “work with them” on their evacuation and assembly line safety procedures.



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