A worker at a Cebal Americas' plastic tubing facility in Washington, N.J., was injured critically Jan. 20, suffering burns during a fire on the plant floor.
The worker, Ernest Meshach, suffered burns over 75 percent of his body, said Steven Harrington, an officer with the Washington Police Department who was at the accident scene. Meshach apparently sustained an electrical shock from plant equipment that could have set off the blaze, Harrington said.
Meshach also bruised his head when he apparently fell after the incident, Harrington said. Meshach was taken by helicopter to the burn unit of St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., Harrington said. Meshach was conscious and breathing on his own after the incident, he added.
The brief plant fire was extinguished within several minutes, said Polly Moles, a spokeswoman for Nowalk, Conn.-based Cebal Americas. The plant was evacuated and operations resumed later that evening, she said.
The company is investigating the cause of the fire, Moles said. Police officials said they are leaving the investigation in the hands of Cebal officials.
The facility extrudes plastic tubes for the cosmetics, personal-care and pharmaceutical markets. Cebal Americas is a subsidiary of the packaging division of Paris-based Pechiney SA.