Kentucky Plant Workers Hurt When Plastic Pipe Shatters

State occupational safety inspectors are investigating at a Jefferson County, Ky., plant where a pipe shattered and injured workers.

WAVE-TV in Louisville is reporting that Fairdale Fire Chief Don Wittry said five employees of Shape Manufacturing were hurt when shards from an exploding PVC line were hurled at them Tuesday. At least one was taken to a hospital.

Wittry said the 300-yard-long pipe was filled with compressed air and it exploded through the length of the building. He described it as 6 inches to 8 inches in diameter. There was no fire.

The plant makes ductwork for heating and air conditioning systems.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Kentucky Fire Marshal’s office and health department inspectors are reviewing the accident.