Exhaust system heat hospitalizes three Canton Corning employees

FILE PHOTOThree employees were injured Sunday morning during a power outage at Corning’s Canton plant.

DEKALB — Extreme heat from an exhaust system that stopped working during a power outage Sunday at the Corning Inc. plant resulted in the hospitalization of three employees for minor injuries.

“There was no fire at the facility. The facility sustained a power outage which stopped the exhaust systems at the glass melting furnaces,” Corning Spokesman Joseph Dunning said. “As a result, higher than normal heat radiated from the furnaces.”

Mr. Dunning said two of the injured employees were treated and released from local hospitals on Sunday. A third was hospitalized overnight and discharged Monday.

“The whole incident is under investigation by Corning, National Grid and First Responders,” he said.

Rensselaer Falls Fire Chief Dallas Denny said the incident took place about 6:30 a.m. when some of Corning’s employees went to shut down the furnace after the power outage.

He said Corning has its own fire brigade. Firefighters from Richville and DeKalb were on standby as well as the Ogdensburg hazmat team and St. Lawrence County fire coordinators.

The injured were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg. The injuries were said to be burns.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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