Seven hurt in factory chemical spill

Monday, 25 June, 2007

Seven workers suffered chemical burns and about 160 workers were evacuated following a chemical spill at a Melbourne factory on Wednesday 20 June 2007.

According to a Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman, about 1000 litres of the highly corrosive and flammable chemical N-butylamine leaked at the Bostik Chemicals factory in Thomastown.

The leak was contained to a safe area within the factory but six workers were taken to hospital with chemical burns, while a seventh was treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

A chemical absorbent was used to cover the spill, which was cleared up by a specialist company overseen by fire brigade crews. The cause of the spill will be investigated.

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