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Fund started to assist two factory workers injured in Peterborough explosion

Union Leader Correspondent

February 17. 2014 8:16PM

PETERBOROUGH — A fund has been started to help two New Hampshire Ball Bearing workers injured in the explosion last week.

The employees are still hospitalized, NHBB marketing manager Robyn Nattila said Monday.

NHBB facilitated the start of the fund to help community members who want to reach out and support the two employees, she said.

“We’ve had many in the community ask what they could do so we wanted to offer them an outlet,” Nattila said.

NHBB resumed some operations Thursday following an explosion at the manufacturing plant on Feb. 10.

On Wednesday, New Hampshire Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Peterborough Fire Chief Joseph P. Lenox III said the cause of the explosion has been determined to be directly related to a nitric acid reaction. The specific details of the explosion continue to be investigated.

On Monday Nattila said 525 or 70 percent of the just over 700 employees of the manufacturing plant on Route 202 have return to work.

However, manufacturing operations in the ball inspection, ball plant, press room/ retainer and assembly departments have not resumed.

Employees who have not been asked to return to work yet are being told to visits for updates, Nattila said.

The NHBB Employee Relief Fund was established to directly and equally benefit both employees as they recover.Contributions can be made to “NHBB Employee Relief Fund,” and can be dropped off at any GFA branch location, or mailed to GFA Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 468, Gardner, MA 01440-0468.

Employees can also bring donations to human resources.

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