After Blast, NV Titanium Plant Halts Production

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 01:01 PM gHale

Investigators from Clark County Fire, Henderson Fire and workers from the TIMET plant arrive at the scene of an explosion involving magnesium used in the manufacturing process at the plant.

TIMET plant near downtown Henderson, NV, will suspend its titanium-producing operations to improve safety conditions following an explosion last Wednesday.

“After investigating a safety incident at the Henderson plant earlier this week (Jan. 24), we are temporarily curtailing operations to review our processes and procedures and provide additional training to our people,” said TIMET spokesman David Dugan.

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The explosion occurred Jan. 24 during a magnesium recycling operation, which is part of the manufacturing process of titanium, Dugan said. There is an ongoing investigation into the explosion that occurred at the plant inside the Black Mountain Industrial Complex, a Clark County island inside Henderson.

It was contained to the plant and did not cause a fire or release hazardous material, said Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards.

Two people suffered minor injuries, but did not need medical treatment, according to the Henderson Fire Department.

The plant, 181 N. Water St., will remain open and no jobs will be affected, he added.

“We are committed to the operating a safe and sustainable operation, and we will resume operations once we are comfortable that we can fully meet that commitment,” Dugan said.

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