Chemical Spill Burns 5 Workers in GA

Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A chemical spill resulted in five people sustaining burns last Tuesday afternoon at a Forsyth County, GA, water plant.

The five, whose names were not immediately available, were contract workers at the Forsyth County Fowler Water Reclamation Facility on Carolene Way in Cumming, GA. They were unloading sodium hydroxide from a truck, said Chief Jason Shivers with the county’s fire department.

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Residual gas released while they were moving the chemical, causing burns to the workers’ eyes, Shivers said.

The workers ended up treated by a hazmat team housed across the street from the water plant at fire station No. 2, Shivers said. The five then went to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where they received more treatment and remained in stable condition.

No one in surrounding areas, including nearby Fowler Park, was in danger, Shivers said.

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