Two workers at Momentive Performance Materials were taken to Westchester Medical Center after they suffered burns at work early today.
A flash fire burned the two operators at 2:46 a.m. as they prepared equipment for maintenance in a production building, said company spokesman John Scharf.
“I don’t know at this point the extent of the burns,” Scharf said, adding company officials are at the hospital with the workers’ families.
Company officials are investigating the accident and are not sure what caused the fire.
“A flash fire, it’s over in seconds,” Scharf said.
One of the workers was taken to Albany Medical Center by ambulance and then airlifted to Westchester; the other was airlifted directly to Westchester from the site. The company is not releasing the workers’ names.
The company notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local authorities of the incident. It also shut down the affected unit, which sustained minor damage.
Counselors from the Employee Assistance Program are at the plant to counsel employees.