After a valve malfunctioned, a male worker at Adient in Greenfield, OH, ended up rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning with non-life-threatening injuries after being exposed to the chemical TDI, officials said.
There was no reported hazard to the public after the spill, which occurred at 8:27 a.m., in which the employee was exposed to toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a compound used to manufacture polyurethane. Still, authorities remained on scene in the late morning decontaminating the area, said Lt. Branden Jackman of the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District.
The worker ended up exposed to the chemical after a valve on a rail car experienced mechanical failure, Jackman said. The employee was decontaminated and taken to Adena Greenfield Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Jackman said.
Jackman said there was no hazard to the public and that the spill was small and contained to the property.
As of about 10 a.m., Paint Creek was being assisted at the scene by units from the Highland and Fayette emergency management agencies and Fayette County EMS.
Shortly before 11 a.m., emergency crews from Paint Creek and Wayne Township remained on the scene decontaminating the building and area.
“There is still no hazard to the public and we are not issuing an evacuation order due to this spill,” Jackman said Wednesday morning.
Adient U.S. is a manufacturer of automotive seating with 85,000 employees operating in 234 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, according to the company web site.