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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chemical Incident in Leigh

24/06/2011

Crews from Burton, Stone, Cheadle, Longton and Hanley, including specialist vehicles, have attended an incident at a farm on Leigh Lane in Leigh this morning which involved cleaning chemicals.

“We would urge anyone who uses chemicals as part of their work to be very careful when using them."

Station Manager, Bob Preston

A farm worker had accidentally mixed two cleaning chemicals together which created a small amount of gas. He realised what had happened and called for an ambulance who in turn, alerted the fire service at just after 8.30am.

Station Manager, Bob Preston said: “The man realised something was wrong straight away and got himself away from the chemicals and out into the fresh air as soon as possible. Specialist equipment, including gas tight suits, was required to protect firefighters whilst the scene was assessed. Only a very small amount of gas had been created as a result of the accidental mixing and so the incident did not require any further firefighter activity.

“We did put a 60 metre cordon in place as a precaution to protect other emergency service personnel and any other members of the public in attendance whilst we dealt with the incident and the man involved has been taken to hospital for precautionary treatment.

“We would urge anyone who uses chemicals as part of their work to be very careful when using them and to always refer to the hazard information provided with that chemical before using and storing it.”

The incident will be closed shortly.