Worker killed in St. Marys explosion identified
Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 12:19 PM EST
By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press
ST. MARYS, Pa. -- Officials in Elk County have released the identity of an employee killed in an explosion at a manufacturing facility last week.
Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio and Mersen USA officials said the victim was 52-year-old Arwed Ralf Uecker. Officials said he was a worker visiting the plant.
Mersen officials said Uecker worked for the company for 28 years and was global director of research and development for Mersen USA Bn Group, based in Boonton, N.J.
Uecker was killed Thursday when an oven exploded at the facility on Trout Run Road in St. Marys. Two other employees were injured in the blast. One was released from an area hospital the day of the accident and the second, Neil Carter, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Carter's daughter previously told 6 News that he suffered severe injuries to his head and face.
Company officials haven't commented on the cause of the blast. Officials with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the incident and had an official at the plant on Friday.
The facility manufactures carbon and graphite products.