UPDATED: Glass Leak at Vitro Wichita Falls Plant Injures Employees
According to local reporting, several people were transported to the hospital following a glass leak at Vitro Architectural Glass’s Wichita Falls, Texas, facility on Aug. 7. Those transported include employees. According to Vitro officials, six employees were treated for heat stress, and five were released the same day, with one employee held overnight for observation.
Vitro officials released the following statement regarding the leak:
A glass leak occurred at the Wichita Falls plant of Vitro Flat Glass LLC. The furnace of line number two developed a leak allowing hot, molten glass to escape from the vessel. Wichita Falls Fire and EMS was called to the plant to help seal the leak. Six glass plant employees were taken to United Regional Hospital for treatment of heat stress.
Glass production slowed on line two but was not stopped during the leak or repair. Glass supply is not expected to be impacted by the incident. Plant and engineering specialists will be working to determine the root cause of the glass leak and identify any required long-term repairs.