AR Chemical Plant Blast Hurts 3

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 04:12 PM gHale

Three workers performing maintenance suffered injuries at the United Initiators chemical plant in Helena-West Helena, AR after an explosion involving benzoyl peroxide occurred in one of the site’s production units, officials said.

The incident Dec. 8 was in one of the site’s production areas by decomposing benzoyl peroxide, a white, odorless powder or granules used in a wide array of applications from acne treatments to thermosets, company officials said.

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No fire was reported during the incident.

United Initiators would not disclose the nature of injuries suffered by the three employees. The workers were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

“Our production units have stopped and an investigation has begun. There has been no chemical releases due to this incident,” the company said in a statement.

United Initiators was founded in 1911 in Germany. Its founders, Dr. Gustav Adolph and Albert Pietzsch, patented a method for the production of hydrogen peroxide in 1909, according to the firm’s website.

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