Acid Spill Injures 3 at Smelting Plant

Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Three workers suffered injuries in an acid spill Tuesday morning at the Doe Run Co., Fire Capt. Kevin Baker of the Herculaneum, MO, Fire Department said.

The most seriously injured worker, a man, ended up taken out by medical helicopter to the burn unit at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur.

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Two other workers ended up treated and released, a Doe Run spokesperson said.

The Fire Department got a call at 6:41 a.m. for an accidental injury at the smelting plant, Baker said. When firefighters arrived, workers at the plant were spraying off their injured co-workers with water, Baker said.

Doe Run officials described the accident as a small sulfuric acid leak in an acid storage line, according to a statement by Gary Hughes, general manager of Doe Run’s Herculaneum smelting division.

“It appears that during the course of the inspection, an employee may have accidentally come into contact with the line and the connection broke apart,” Hughes said.

The worker went to the nearby hospital and the worker taken to the urgent care center have both ended up treated and released, according to an updated statement released by the company.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them for a full recovery,” Hughes said. “We are grateful for the help of our emergency responders. In the meantime, the damaged line has been isolated, and there is no further risk to other employees or the environment.”

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