Chemical Accident Building Collapsed after Explosion at German Chemical Complex
Several workers were hurt by the explosion and following collapse of a production building of US–company Huntsman at Chempark Krefeld, Germany. The accident occurred during the treatment and packaging of pigments.
Krefeld/Germany – The explosion caused large parts of production hall 307 of a local Huntsman pigment production to collapse. Four workers were severely hurt, eight others suffered minor casualties, caused by flying glass debris.
According to site operators, the explosion occurred in an area dedicated to the treatment and packaging of pigments and colors. It seems that a pressure vessel, containing nitrogen, failed, causing the following explosion. Although both nitrogen and titanium-dioxide, a white pigment used e.g. in toothpaste were released, local emergency response teams saw no risks for neighboring cities or the environment.
A total of 160 firefighters and paramedics were on site at Krefeld. Huntsman employs around 1600 workers at its site, most of them in the production of specialties and paints. Chempark Krefeld is operated by Currenta, a joint venture of Bayer and Lanxess, hosting some 70 companies.