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Man Taken to Hospital Following Chemical Spill

14/01/2011

A man was last night taken to hospital following a chemical spill at a farm on Jardines Lane, Stubwood, near Rocester.

"The man was overcome by the gas and so he evacuated the parlour and alerted the emergency services."

Station Manager, Garry Goodwin

Four fire engines from Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Longton and Newcastle and specialist appliances from Stone, Hanley and Newcastle were sent to the incident at approximately 5.45pm.

On arrival they found a man suffering with breathing difficulties and a chemical spillage in a milking parlour. Firefighters in gas tight suits were sent into the parlour to retrieve the chemical drums so they could identify what chemicals had been mixed. They then worked to contain the spillage before a specialist chemical company were brought in to dispose of the chemicals safely.

Station Manager, Garry Goodwin said: "The man had been mixing chemicals to carry out work on the farm. He’d used the chemicals before but had mixed them in a steel bucket. On this occasion he used larger quantities than normal and mixed them in a plastic bucket. There was a chemical reaction which resulted in the bucket melting and chlorine gas being produced. The man was overcome by the gas and so he evacuated the parlour and alerted the emergency services."

The casualty was taken to the Queens Hospital, Burton. The final crews left the incident at 10pm.