Two injured at Covance fire

By on October 23, 2013

By:

PATRICK BURNS Review Staff

, Staff Writer



Emergency crews transported two workers to the hospital with burns suffered in an industrial accident at Covance, Inc. in West Cocalico Township on Oct. 17. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Emergency crews transported two workers to the hospital with burns suffered in an industrial accident at a pharmaceutical research facility in West Cocalico Township shortly before noon on Oct. 17.

The workers – outside contractors doing scheduled maintenance – were scorched by propane fueled flames outside the Covance Inc. plant, 310 Swamp Bridge Road, said Jim Harkness, general manager.

Officials did not release the names of the contractors who are employed by Diversified Energy, located in Mount Joy. The company did not immediately return calls to the Ephrata Review as of Tuesday evening.

Fire company officials said the men were transported in separate EMS vehicles to Lancaster General Hospital.

Harkness, who said it was unclear how the accident occurred, reported that none of the company’s 120 employees were injured. The evacuated workers returned to work before 1 p.m.

Kent Reich, Reinholds Fire Chief said it appeared a piece of equipment that the workers were transporting to or from a truck accidentally hit the propane lines which snapped and sparked the flames.

He said the contractors appeared to have sustained second-degree burns.

East Cocalico Township police Officer Michael Firestone along with firefighters and emergency services workers from Denver, Reinholds and Reamstown responded to the scene.

Princeton, N.J.-based Covance, is one of the world’s largest drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $2.2 billion. It operates in more than 30 countries and employs more than 12,000 workers, according to the company’s website.

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