It’s week #2 and a Sugar Land company where five employees were exposed to radiation is still closed and the workers remain at home.

It was last week when we first told you Thermo Fisher Scientific was abruptly shutdown after some employees were exposed to radiation. 

A spokesperson for the company said the building would open in a week.  That has not happened as of yet. 

Christine Mann with the Texas Health Department says her agency is overseeing the decontamination effort at the building.  Mann says several employees have been brought back to the building to determine their radiation exposure level. 

The workers have also been told to bring in their clothes and shoes that may have come into contact with the powder substance that poses a threat according to Mann.  She says the facility with about 140 workers will not be reopened until the state is satisfied.

The Sugar Land site manufactures gauging devices used in the oil and petrochemical industries.
Thermo Fisher released the following statement:

The facility remains closed while third-party experts test for, characterize and remove any remaining radiological contamination from the site.

Ron O’Brien
Thermo Fisher


  1. Anonymous May 2, 2015 5:25 pm 

    Not sure why this is still a story–do you want this company to re-open with potentially radioactive material around? Sounds like they’re being cautious after an accident.

  2. Anonymous May 14, 2015 12:22 pm 

    Company is shutting site permanently!

  3. anonymous2 May 19, 2015 3:47 pm 

    this affects not just the site. the exposed workers tracked radioactive contamination all over the town for four days without knowing it. If any innocent towns folks ingested any contamination their health could be at risk! More needs to be done here. It feels like a cover up.

  4. anon June 16, 2015 2:52 pm 

    The company is simply shutting down and moving on..very convinient. The GM / VP of this business unit is (Environmental and Process Monitoring)
    John Lesica

    I am sure he will take a big fat bonus and go home happy for saving money by shutting it down

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