Mislabeled Chemicals Trigger Illness

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 04:05 PM gHale

A mislabeled chemical solution started smoking and made people nauseous, forcing the evacuation of an Oklahoma City manufacturer, firefighters said.

Several workers at Macklanburg-Duncan, were mixing a sodium hydroxide solution about 3 p.m. when the solution started smoking and three workers became nauseous, said Fire Maj. Tammy McKinney.

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The building evacuated and emergency workers treated the three workers. Eight other employees were evaluated by paramedics, she said.

Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said the mixing of mislabeled chemicals caused the situation. None of the workers ended up at the hospital, he said.

Macklanburg-Duncan manufactures building products such as weather stripping, flooring and decorative moldings.

McKinney said the fire department’s hazardous materials team is working with the company to determine how to deal with the chemicals.

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