Brush Wellman officials evacuated a cast shop
and an adjacent building just after 10 a.m. Wednesday when company
workers found a small leak in a furnace.
Liquid metal with beryllium in it from the furnace came into
contact with a water line and caused a spray, said Brush Wellman
spokesman Patrick Carpenter this morning.
No one was injured, and workers were evacuated from the two areas
emergency response team came in to stabilize the cast shop,
"Air samples taken outside of the plant showed no occurrence out
of the ordinary, which would suggest ... no outside excursion," he
Because of the respiratory dangers in the cast shop, workers are
required protection at all times and ventilation is in place to
prevent exposure to the outside air, Carpenter said.
The adjacent building was cleared for work to resume Wednesday
afternoon, but operations in the cast shop ceased throughout the
night, Carpenter said.
He was unsure if operations would restart today.
Brush Wellman makes products with beryllium, a lightweight metal
used in the defense, automotive and electronics industries.
Its dust also can cause a fatal lung disease.