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Hazmat Crews Responding To Reported 'Chemical Incident' In NW OK
Hazmat crews responded to a chemical incident in Northwest Oklahoma City. 

According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, crews are on scene at Interim Healthcare Oklahoma City located at 3613 NW 56th Street. The building is being evacuated due to an acidic smell. 

OKCFD says a small amount of commercial-grade cleaning product was poured down a sink, producing the odor. 

Crews will continue to monitor the situation until it is safe for employees to re-enter the building. 
us_OK  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
23 days ago by dchas
DaVita Dialysis Center in Ave Maria evacuated due to hazard scar
AVE MARIA, Fla. - A hazardous material scare forced a hazmat team and North Collier firefighters to evacuate the DaVita Dialysis Center in Ave Maria early Friday morning.

Crews responded around 5:35 a.m. after a report of an odor inside the building. Officials said one person was taken to the hospital.

Immokalee Fire Control District Battalion Chief Josh Bauer initially reported that the odor was coming from acid that was leaking from a pipe inside the building. It was later determined that the odor was actually from a cleaner being used to wax the floors before the center opened for operation on Friday.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
29 days ago by dchas
Springfield MA Chemical Spill Hospitalizes Four People Firefighters
SPRINGFIELD - Four people were sent to the hospital early Friday as a precaution after they were exposed to a chemical spill at the U.S. Postal Service Network Distribution Center in Indian Orchard, a fire official said.

Dennis Leger, aide to Fire Commissioner Bernard J. Calvi, said firefighters were called to the facility on Fiberloid Street just before 12:30 a.m. for a reported chemical spill.

He said approximately one gallon of an industrial-cleaning chemical containing oxalis acid was spilled at the facility. Exposure to oxalis acid can cause respiratory problems, and as a result, the scene was considered a hazardous materials emergency.

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Haz-Mat Team was called to the scene to assist.

The four people who were closest to the spill and potentially exposed were all brought to the hospital to be evaluated, Leger said.
us_MA  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Hazmat situation reported after fumes fill Washington County home
One person was sent to the hospital due to a hazmat situation at a home in Canonsburg, Washington County, on Thursday evening.

According to Washington County emergency dispatchers, a large amount of a drain chemical was poured down a drain and apparently did not open the clog. The residence filled with chemical fumes from the drain cleaner.

The person's condition is unknown at this time.
us_PA  public  release  injury  cleaners 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Four people hospitalized in Grand Forks for chlorine gas exposure
A chemical reaction involving bleach and drain cleaner in a house on Cherry Street lead to four residents being transported to Altru Hospital on Friday.

The Grand Forks Fire Department’s team for hazardous materials arrived at 805 Cherry St. at roughly 8:45 p.m., where residents had poured bleach into a plugged floor drain in the basement. The bleach reacted with remnants of a sulfuric acid drain cleaner, creating a chlorine gas that made it hard for residents to breathe.

Fire department personnel cleared the floor drain and flushed it with a large quantity of water before ventilating the home of the chlorine odor, while four residents were taken to the hospital.

Seven Grand Forks Fire Department personnel were on the scene, with assistance from the Grand Forks Police Department and Altru Hospital paramedics.
us_ND  public  release  injury  bleach  cleaners 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Tampa fire rescue working to clean up after chemical spill
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Fire Rescue officials responded to a hazmat situation Wednesday morning on Columbus Drive.

According to a press release, a tanker trunk was transferring a cleaning chemical to another storage tank, which caused a chemical reaction and spill from the top of the holding tank.

Tampa Fire Rescue
Residents next to the complex were moved to another place while crews cleaned up the spill, and the leak was stopped by 9:20 a.m. The shelter order was lifted, and residents were allowed back shortly thereafter.
us_FL  transportation  release  response  cleaners 
8 weeks ago by dchas
6 hospitalized after hazmat situation at Lauderdale Lakes Walmart – WSVN 7News
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took six people to the hospital with respiratory issues after they became sick inside a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest 30th Street and State Road 7, Friday afternoon.

Officials said the victims complained of itchy and watery eyes, along with sore throats.

The store was temporarily evacuated while hazmat crews investigated the area.

Officials believe cleaning chemicals may be to blame.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
january 2019 by dchas
Noxious gas sickens patrons, building evacuated
WINTER HAVEN — A noxious gas produced by a mixture of cleaning agents caused several people in a downtown Winter Haven building to get sick, prompting evacuations on Saturday and sending two patrons to the hospital, according to Jamie Brown, spokeswoman for the Winter Haven Police Department.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., the Winter Haven Fire Department and Polk County Hazmat Team responded to 27 3rd Street NW in Winter Haven regarding a report of a smoke smell.

Fumes were making patrons ill, so Winter Haven Police closed Central Avenue between 2nd Street NW and 4th Street NW.

Gas monitors were sent into the building, said Brown, but no harmful substance was found.

The building was ventilated as a precautionary measure, and cleared by 1:15 p.m.

One person who was complaining of respiratory issues was taken to Winter Haven Hospital, and a patron who was pregnant drove to the hospital on their own to be checked out.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
december 2018 by dchas
Food Safe After Wawa Hazmat Spill, Officials Say
A hazardous material spill at a Wawa dairy plant in Delaware County did not contaminate any food products, officials said.
The spill happened around 2:30 a.m. at a Middletown Township plant on the 1300 block of West Baltimore Pike and involved cleaning chemicals spilling into a containment unit, Rocky Run Fire Company Chief Bill Cairns said.
"There are no hazards to any of the foods or any contamination at all," Cairns said. "This is just simply a cleaning chemical that is used to sanitize all the containers that they process the milk through."
There spill caused no injuries and forced no evacuations, though the Delaware County hazmat team was on the scene containing the leak, Cairns added.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
december 2018 by dchas
Kansas officials warn: Read labels and do not mix household chemicals
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management launched a chemical safety outreach campaign on social media for November. They want to educate people about the safety of household chemicals.

Safety advocates warn to be especially careful with chlorine bleach. Mixing it with ammonia or acid results in a chemical reaction that creates a toxic gas.

The effects of that gas could include irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. But with higher levels of exposure, you risk chest pain, difficulty breathing, vomiting, pneumonia, and even death.

If you’re cleaning in an enclosed space like a bathroom, it won’t take long for that toxic gas to overwhelm you.

Here’s the take away message: read the label before you use a cleaning product and don’t mix household chemicals.
us_KS  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
november 2018 by dchas
'Malicious' chemical spill shuts down Athens Dollar General
Athens-Clarke County police on Friday continued to investigate an intentional chemical spill inside Dollar General on Cedar Shoals Drive that closed the store for more than two days.

The Athens-Clarke Country Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to the store at about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday on a report that someone had “maliciously spilled several different cleaners on the floor, said Kyle Hendrix, the county’s fire marshal and assistant chief of Support Services.

“Crews suspected potential ammonia and bleach and evacuated the store,” Hendrix said on Friday.

Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes burning of the nose, throat and respiratory tract, according to published literature.

An employee and a customer complained of coughing from the fumes, but the fire report did not note if they required medical attention, according to Hendrix.

Dollar General employees were directed to assist police in attempting to identify who might have been responsible, according to Hendrix.

Hazmat team members donned protective suits to enter the store and take air samples and evaluate the size of the spill.

“There were ammonia readings detected and the product was estimated at 4 gallons total,” Hendrix said.

Hazmat team members used containment material to isolate the spill, he said.

The store remained closed until Wednesday when a private cleanup arrived.

However, Hendrix said the company that responded “were not fully prepared or yet equipped to perform cleanup,” Hendrix said.
us_GA  public  release  injury  ammonia  bleach  cleaners 
october 2018 by dchas
Chemical spill shuts down Capital Blvd through Wake Forest
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) -- Capital Boulevard was shut down Wednesday night for hours from Purnell Road to Stadium Drive because of a possible hazardous chemical leak from a tractor trailer.

The big rig was driving eastbound on Purnell Road when it began leaking what was later described as a "type of cleaning product."

The truck left a trail of the fluid from Purnell Road onto Capital Boulevard where it headed southbound. The driver pulled the truck over at Capital Boulevard and Club Villas, where Wake Forest Police and Fire along with a Wake County HazMat team responded.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  cleaners 
october 2018 by dchas
1 sick after 'suspicious white powder' found on Hamden bus
HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Officials say one person was sickened after a cleaning chemical was found on a bus in Hamden.

According to crews at the scene, a CTtransit employee became sick after moving a bus that was parked in a garage.

Authorities responded to the scene at 2061 State Street and police cleared the bus.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection identified the material as a cleaning chemical. Further investigation revealed that the previous operator of the bus had used the cleaning product to disinfect the dashboard.
us_CT  public  release  injury  cleaners 
september 2018 by dchas
USPS seeks 'more aggressive approach' to mitigate chemical plume affecting Great Barrington post office
GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerned about risks to its employees and the public from chemical vapors inside the post office, the U.S. Postal Service is urging the state to take a "more aggressive approach" to contain a chemical plume still flowing in groundwater from the former dry cleaners next door.

The Postal Service also will take immediate measures to prevent and limit exposure to vapors emanating from contaminated groundwater, which has migrated from the Ried Cleaners property downhill south and east, toward the Housatonic River.

The renewed sense of alarm was prompted by the latest round of testing by AECOM Technical Services, detailed in an Aug. 2 letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection. AECOM said its 2018 indoor air-sampling data showed increasing vapor levels that approach the DEP's "Imminent Hazard" level and pose a "long-term risk" to employees, and possibly some risk to the public.
us_MA  public  release  response  cleaners 
september 2018 by dchas
Firefighters contacted after bucket of rags at paint store starts smoking
Emergency crews are on the scene of a reported fire that turned out to be a minor incident Monday morning.

It happened at the Sherwin Williams paint store on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge.

The store said a bucket of rags used to wipe up paint started smoking, so workers took it outside and contacted authorities.

The St. George Fire Protection District and a hazmat team responded to the scene.
us_la  public  fire  response  cleaners 
august 2018 by dchas
Three people treated for chemical exposure in southwest Wisconsin
DARLINGTON, Wis. (KDTH) -- Three workers at a cheese factory in Darlington were treated at a local hospital after being exposed to a chemical at the plant.

The incident happened at around 7:15 a.m. August 1 at Wisconsin Whey Protein located in the 100 block of Christensen Drive.

The employees were exposed after two cleaning solutions were inadvertently mixed and inhaled by the workers.

They were taken to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County where they were decontaminated.
us_WI  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
august 2018 by dchas
Woman overcome by carbon monoxide
JACKSON – A resident was rescued when police officers conducted a check at her home on Wild Dunes Way.

Police said that at 7:30 p.m. June 28, officers Tristan Bennett and Joe Pante responded to a residence on Wild Dunes Way to check on the welfare of an individual.

Upon their arrival, the officers made contact with the person who had called police. The individual told the officers he was unable to contact his 78-year-old mother at the residence and did not have a key to get inside.

While checking the residence, the officers were unable to make contact with the resident and they heard an alarm coming from inside. The alarm was later determined to be a carbon monoxide detector, according to police.

The officers forced entry to the home and immediately detected a heavy chemical odor. They found the woman in her bedroom and observed she was barely conscious and her breathing was very shallow.

Police said the officers removed the woman from the home and brought her outside, where she was treated by first aid personnel and transported to a hospital for treatment.

Fire personnel from Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 responded to the scene. Representatives of Southard (Howell) Hazmat, Berkeley Hazmat and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) also responded to the home.

The hazardous materials personnel entered the home and removed numerous containers of household cleaning products from a kitchen counter. Police said many of the cleaning products were open or not sealed properly. Fans were brought in to vent the residence.

NJNG personnel determined there was a high level of carbon monoxide present due to a faulty water heater.

Once the scene was cleared, the police officers were able to continue their investigation and ruled out the possibility of the incident being suspicious. It was determined the chemical odors were caused by the open cleaning products and that the resident had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide due to the gas leak on the water heater.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide  cleaners 
july 2018 by dchas
Hazmat team contains chemicals at Cumberland company
A hazardous-materials team from the Woonsocket Fire Department responded to a building in an office park in neighboring Cumberland early Tuesday morning.
Officials said there was a small chemical leak at Cintas at 300 Highland Corporate Drive. No injuries were reported.
Officials said employees thought a set of cleaning chemicals might have mixed with other chemicals, but the chemicals were contained and the mixture was prevented.
Firefighters were expected to clear scene within 30 minutes.
us_RI  public  release  response  cleaners 
june 2018 by dchas
Chemical spill forces Wisconsin hospital to evacuate
Neillsville, Wis.-based Memorial Medical Center evacuated patients, staff and visitors for more than 1 hour June 22 due to a strong chemical smell, according to a WSAU report.

Several agencies were called to the medical center around 6:00 p.m. June 22. Officials determined the smell was a spilled cleaning solution that spread through the hospital's ventilation system.

The Neillsville Fire Department used ventilation fans to rid the smell. Patients, staff and visitors were allowed back into their rooms at 7:30 p.m. June 22.

No injuries were reported.
us_WI  public  release  response  cleaners 
june 2018 by dchas
'Sneezing fit' closes interstate lane for hours
A semi driver rolled her tanker over yesterday evening on I-65 at the 247.8 mile marker (this is near the Crown Point exit) after having a “sneezing fit”, which closed the right lane for over eight hours. This is according to information from the Indiana State Police. 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Zach Beaver revealed at approximately 6:20 p.m., yesterday, June 3, a 2012 Volvo semi pulling a tanker trailer, owned by Highway Transport out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and driven by Julie Duncan, 55 of Canton, Michigan was south bound on I-65 in the left lane in a construction zone.

Duncan stated she had a “sneezing fit” while trying to talk to Siri on her phone. She looked up and saw that she was going to hit construction barrels so swerved to avoid them. Duncan swerved sharply to the right and felt the load (cleaning solution) shift which caused her semi/tanker to roll over.

The cleaning solution had to be off-loaded into another tanker before the semi/tanker could be up-righted. The right lane was closed for approximately eight hours.

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us_IN  transportation  release  response  cleaners 
june 2018 by dchas
No injuries after chemical odor at Kansas candy plant
SHAWNEE COUNTY — There were no serious injuries after a chemical odor at a Kansas manufacturing plant.

Mars manufacturing plant -bing image
Just before 1:30 Thursday, the Topeka Fire Department was called to the Mars Manufacturing Plant, 100 SW MARS Boulevard regarding a chemical odor, according to a media release.

Upon investigation, it was determined that a cleaning solution was not being used properly.  Several individuals were assessed on the scene for possible respiratory irritation, but no one was transported to receive medical attention.
us_KS  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
may 2018 by dchas
Haz-mat incident involving drain cleaner disrupts Kent Hospital
WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Main Street was closed for about three hours late Sunday afternoon while a hazmat team from Cranston checked the apartment of a woman taken to Kent Hospital, a West Warwick fire official said Sunday night.

West Warwick Battalion Chief Paul Boisclair said a rescue call came in at 3:39 p.m. from a Dunkin’ Donuts. A woman who said she didn’t feel well was taken to Kent Hospital, he said, and as a security measure, her purse was searched. As a hospital worker began dumping the contents of two water bottles down a drain, the bottles began to melt and splashes left small burns on skin and brown spots if they hit the floor.

The patient told hospital personnel that she had more bottles like those in her apartment at 745 Main St., Boisclair said.

Notified by the hospital, the West Warwick Fire Department closed a portion of Main Street and asked for Cranston’s hazmat team to help search the woman’s apartment.

Nothing unusual was found, Boisclair said. There was drain cleaner in a drain cleaner bottle, he said, but no evidence of water bottles that contained drain cleaner. He said Kent Hospital redirected ambulances to other hospitals for a couple of hours.
us_RI  public  release  injury  cleaners 
april 2018 by dchas
Officials warn ‘don’t mix chemicals’ after building evacuation in Kingston
A large office building at the Royal Block in downtown Kingston was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after a chemical mix-up spread noxious fumes throughout the building.

The Royal Block is home to the Royal Bank and a number of smaller businesses, and all had to abandon the building. Fire officials say they got the call shortly before 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

Ted Posadowski, the city’s chief fire prevention officer said they received a hazmat call downtown.

“Crews responded — on arrival, the first floor was being evacuated. Crews went inside and it was determined that an individual was trying to make some corrections within the facility and used two chemicals that unfortunately reacted.
Property owner Braebury Properties confirmed that there was a chemical reaction inside. It happened when two cleaning agents were used to unclog a sink. Tom Beardall is an occupational and environmental health consultant with Phoenix OHC, Inc. in Kingston, and warns against mixing chemicals.
Canada  public  release  response  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
Use of acid-based drain cleaner prompts Haz-Mat response by fire department
CORNVILLE – Tuesday, Jan. 23, at about 5:48 p.m., the Verde Valley Fire District responded to a hazards materials incident involving an acid-based drain cleaner on Palo Verde Place in Oak Creek Estates.

VVFD was dispatched to a residence after the home owner poured an acid-based drain cleaner down the drain and a chemical reaction occurred, according to a news release from Nazih M. Hazime, fire chief, Verde Valley Fire District

The home filled with toxic fumes and the occupants immediately evacuated the residence and called 911, the news release stated.

This was an over-the-counter cleaner that had been used several times before in the past, said Hazime. The two residents were evaluated by paramedics but did not require transport to the hospital. Hazmat technicians cleaned up the area and removed the cleaner from the home.

Assisting Verde Valley Fire was Hazmat 811 from Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority.

Safety reminder: Home cleaning supplies, even when used properly can be dangerous. In the event a hazardous situation occurs, immediately get everyone out of the home and call 911, said Chief Hazime.
us_AZ  public  release  injury  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
One dead after hazmat situation in Jackson County
GRAND TOWER -- One man is dead and a woman in the hospital after a hazmat situation created by mixing household cleaning chemicals.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, officers and later hazmat units responded to a house on 3rd Street in Grand Tower a little after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday where a man wasn’t breathing.

He was pronounced dead on scene from the poisonous gas.

Investigators on scene said the gas was caused after the residents mixed bleach and a commercial drain cleaner in an attempt to clear a drain.

"We arrived, determined there was a chemical hazard due to the mixing of two household cleaning chemicals," said D.W. Presley, an officer for the Carbondale fire department and member of the MABAS 45 hazmat team.

A woman in the house was transported to a local hospital and later flown to St. Louis for further treatment.

Presley said that mixing household cleaners can produce dangerous gasses almost immediately.

"Mixing any household cleaning chemicals can be dangerous," he said. "There are several chemicals that people use and have in their house every day that mixed together can make toxic gasses."
us_IL  public  release  death  bleach  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
Hotel clerk may lose sight after toilet bowl cleaner attack – Las Vegas Review-Journal
A Las Vegas extended-stay hotel desk clerk may have been blinded after a tenant allegedly threw toilet bowl cleaner in his face last month.
Christopher King, 60, faces charges of mayhem and battery in connection with the attack at the Town and Country Manor, 4311 Boulder Highway. He was arrested Dec. 30, the same day Kenneth O’Brien landed in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center with chemical burns.
At 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 30, Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the complex after several 911 callers reported hearing O’Brien yelling for help inside the complex’s front office.
When officers arrived, the 61-year-old victim, who police said was bleeding from the mouth, identified King as the man who had attacked him. He told officers “his face was on fire, his mouth was on fire, his eyes were on fire,” a police document detailed.
us_NV  public  follow-up  injury  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
5 Youth Hospitalized In Hazmat Situation At Palm Desert YMCA
PALM DESERT, CA — Dozens of firefighters were sent to the Palm Desert YMCA location as a hazmat situation unfolded Thursday afternoon, sickening five juveniles, the Riverside County Fire Department reported. The youth were all taken to the hospital with injuries described as minor.

The incident was first reported at 12:32 p.m. in the 75000 block of Orange Blossom Lane, according to Fire Department Spokeswoman April Newman.

Officials from Riverside County Environmental Health and the Riverside County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team responded and ultimately determined the substance was Eco Temp Ultra Klene — "... a janitorial strength cleaner made of sodium hydroxide," according to Newman.

The cleaner is described as a "machine warewashing detergent" by Ecolab, the company that sells the product. The chemical can be hazardous to human health if swallowed or inhaled, according to a safety data sheet released by Ecolab.
us_CA  public  release  injury  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
Hyderabad: Tanker explodes, lorry cleaner hurt
Hyderabad: A lorry cleaner sustained injuries when he tried to open the lid of a chemical tanker carrying hazardous chemical waste in Bachupally on Monday. Police said the cleaner, identified as Baba, 40, suffered burns to his face and fractured his legs as he scampered down the tanker. The condition of Baba, hailing from Vijayawada, is said to be critical.

The truck (AP 16TB 7819) was usually contracted to transport hazardous chemical waste from chemical and pharma companies to agencies that neutralise it. The vehicle, lying idle for the last few days, had been brought to a workshop at Bachupally for some repairs and welding work. After the work was done, Baba climbed onto the tanker. When he tried to open the lid of the container, it burst open with loud noise. The impact of the blow flung him some metres away from the truck. He was rushed to a hospital.
India  transportation  explosion  injury  cleaners  waste 
december 2017 by dchas
Creekwalk Commons in Syracuse evacuated due to odor from cleaning chemicals
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Creekwalk Commons in Syracuse was evacuated this morning due to a chemical odor, according to Syracuse police.

Syracuse police and fire responded to the luxury apartment building on West Water Street this morning.

"A maintenance employee had difficultly breathing after inhaling some cleaning chemicals that were possibly spilled," said Sgt. Richard Helterline, a Syracuse police spokesman.

The fire department cleaned up the chemical and ventilated the building, Helterline said.

The maintenance employee was transported to Upstate University Hospital for treatment, Helterline said.
us_NY  public  release  injury  cleaners 
december 2017 by dchas
7 Day Cares Testing for Dry Cleaning Chemical Contamination
Seven child care programs in Vermont will be undergoing precautionary testing for cleaning chemical contamination.
MyNBC5 reports that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department will be testing facilities within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning services.
The dry cleaning chemicals can seep into the ground and pollute the air of nearby buildings.
us_VT  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
december 2017 by dchas
French Lick Man Dies From Injuries In Huntingburg Explosion
(IUNDATED) - A French Lick man burned during a chemical explosion at a Huntingburg business has died.
54-year-old John Deel of French Lick passed away at an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday.
The explosion happened November 27th at Styline Services Center on West 6th Street.
Huntingburg Fire Department spokesperson John Smith says Deel was cleaning in a service pit when fumes from a solvent-based cleaner he was using ignited fumes that had built up.
He said after the explosion occurred Deel exited the service pit with his clothes a blaze and a fellow employee used an extinguisher to put out the flash fire out before others offered first aid.
He was taken by ambulance from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was eventually transferred to an Indianapolis medical facility for further treatment.
No other injuries were reported in the accident and no apparent damage was sustained to the Styline facility.
us_IN  industrial  explosion  death  cleaners  solvent 
december 2017 by dchas
Camera records rare fire ignited by hot, oily towels at new Penn Hills eatery
The Penn Hills Fire Marshal said a fire that destroyed a restaurant earlier in the week was spontaneously ignited by hot towels resting for hours in a laundry bin.

“It's rare, but it happens more than people think,” fire marshal Chuck Miller said. He ruled the Wednesday morning fire at Soul & Sea Restaurant accidental after reviewing video from a surveillance camera in the restaurant that captured how the fire started.

Without the video, Miller said, the fire would have been ruled “undetermined” because the fire destroyed evidence investigators needed to determine the cause.

The video shows restaurant owner Brittany Houser drop off a laundry bin full of clean towels just after 11 p.m., which she had just washed and dried at a nearby Laundromat, Miller said.

At about 2:19 a.m., smoke began to fill the room. Miller said the bin smoldered until 6:16 a.m. when flames appeared and began creeping up a wall. The camera was disabled at 6:34 a.m.

According to records, B-Sharp Hair Studio owner Darnell Cohen reported the fire at 6:38 a.m. as he drove in to open his shop in the mall. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, Penn Hills fire Lt. Tom Kutcher said Wednesday morning.
us_PA  public  fire  response  cleaners 
december 2017 by dchas
Chemical reaction forces inmates out of cells; HazMat team cleaning up
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - Inmates had to move from the Boyd County Jail Friday afternoon after a HazMat situation.

According to Boyd Emergency Management Director Tim England, a jail maintenance worker was trying to clear a clogged drain, but it didn't work.

The worker then added additional cleaners which caused a chemical reaction in the jail drain system.

HazMat crews are on scene to flush out the drain.

England says there is no danger to the public.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
december 2017 by dchas
Firefighters: 7 taken to hospital after Hazmat situation at Spar
DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Firefighters said seven people were taken to the hospital via ambulance after a hazmat situation Thursday morning at a large industrial facility in Spartanburg County.

Firefighters said  the incident was reported around 9:20 a.m. at Pratt Industries on Morley Court.

The building was evacuated and firefighters said they determined gases were leaking from canister in the plant.

Seven people were taken to the hospital due to respiratory complaints. No one was hurt.

The canister contained some sort of household cleaner and was removed from the building for further testing and proper disposal by DHEC, firefighters said.
us_SC  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
november 2017 by dchas
Two taken to hospital after chemical odor released at Cockeysville retirement home
Two people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a chemical odor was reported at a Cockeysville retirement home, county fire officials said.

The Baltimore County fire department’s hazmat unit was called around 8 a.m. to the Maryland Masonic Homes at 300 International Circle in Cockeysville where bleach was mixed with a second chemical inside a laundry room, releasing an odor, officials said.

Two people were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, said Capt. Tim Rostkowski. He did not have additional information Wednesday morning.
us_MD  public  release  injury  bleach  cleaners 
october 2017 by dchas
Chemical explosion sends Taunton man to hospital
TAUNTON, Mass. – A chemical explosion sent a Taunton man to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday evening.

Firefighters say the man was washing his back deck on Pine Street, when he mixed two cleaning products together into a spray bottle that should not have been paired up. "It was just two of the wrong ones,” explained Capt. Keith Hartung. "The container that he was mixing them in exploded [and] gave him some pretty severe injuries."

The man was conscious when rescuers rushed him to the hospital with serious abdominal injuries.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene to evaluate the chemicals, eventually deeming the area safe. There was no fire from the explosion and no damage to the porch.

Hartung offered a common sense warning to residents: "Don't mix two chemicals if you don't know what they are."
us_ma  public  explosion  injury  cleaners 
october 2017 by dchas
2nd explosion in year at Glenville plant elevates concerns
GLENVILLE — Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions is facing pressure from authorities after a second explosion in less than a year rocked the plant Thursday.

In response to the blast, the company — part of The Gorman Group — announced Thursday afternoon that it would no longer manufacture a kerosene solution that was part of the early morning blast and fire.

Firefighters on Thursday night were not available to disclose the cause of the explosion.

But company officials believe a heater operating inside the plant caused a cleaning solution containing the kerosene to overheat and catch fire, according to a statement released by company attorney Frank C. O'Connor III.

"To prevent this in the future, Gorman will no longer manufacture the kerosene solution at this facility," O'Connor's statement read.

The 6:30 a.m. explosion and fire destroyed a fuel tank at Mohawk Asphalt. Nobody was injured, but it was the second major incident at the Freemans Bridge Road plant since last October.

A tanker truck exploded at Mohawk Asphalt on Oct. 17 and severely hurt two men who later died of their injuries. A third man also was hurt in the explosion.
us_NY  industrial  explosion  response  cleaners  kerosene 
september 2017 by dchas
Six injured following chemical spill at Kennett mushroom facility
KENNETT SQUARE>> At least a half dozen people were treated following a chemical spill at Chester County mushroom firm Wednesday, officials said.

Emergency crews converged on Kaolin Mushroom Farms Inc. in the 600 block of West South Street shortly before noon Wednesday. Kennett Square, Longwood and Avondale fire companies responded to the incident. Crews requested Chester County hazmat crews, when it became clear of the score of those affected by the spill and to contain the spill.

The Chester County Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the farm and at least six people were taken to the hospital, according to an official at the scene.

The injured were evaluated by medics on scene then moved to a decontamination station at Washington and Cypress streets to be scrubbed, assuring all chemicals were gone.

Firefighters built the decontamination station using tarps, hoses and dirt from a construction site. They used soap and water to scrub the patients who disrobed. Contaminated water was contained in the decon area.

The employees were then transported to the hospital. Patients went to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Jennersville and Chester County Hospital. A firefighter was reported injured.

Kaolin Mushroom Farm released the following statement: “At approximately 11:45 am today at our Kennett Square, Pennsylvania facility, an incident occurred where areas were evacuated due to a possible spill of peracetic acid in one of our mushroom wash areas. This product is commonly used in the food industry as a cleanser and disinfectant. Nine employees were treated on-site for possible exposure and transferred to local area hospitals for observation and treatment if required. The company’s first priority is to its employees and surrounding communities. Local Hazmat teams are on-site conducting a thorough review.”
us_PA  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
september 2017 by dchas
Chemicals blow a hole in the roof of a Lakeland business
LAKELAND — Three people were injured Friday afternoon in a chemical explosion that tore a gaping hole through the roof of an industrial warehouse adjacent to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Three employees of Taste Advantage, which manufactures flavor ingredients from a warehouse facility that’s part of Ruthven Business Park II on Drane Field Road, received minor chemical burns and other employees were treated on site for chemical exposure, said Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department.
“They’re going to be fine, the injuries were not critical,” he said.
Two people were treated at Tampa General Hospital and one was treated at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center after the explosion that happened about 3:47 p.m.
The explosion was sparked by workers using the chemicals tolulene and sodium hypochlorite to clean kettles containing flavoring agents, said Lakeland Police spokeswoman Robin Tillett.
Exactly what caused the explosive reaction was unknown as of late Friday afternoon, she said.
According to Gross, the explosion triggered a small fire that was quickly doused by an overhead fire suppression system. There was no threat to the public from the chemical reaction that caused the explosion, he said.
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  cleaners 
september 2017 by dchas
Discount and hardware stores to be inspected for banned chemicals
Hardware and discount stores all over the country are to be targeted by inspectors to ensure their products don't contain any banned chemicals and are safe to the public.
Chemicals such as cadmium, nickel and lead are banned in jewellery, while benzene, chloroform and toluene are banned in glues and adhesives.
Inspections will focus on cleaning and laundry products; air fresheners and reed diffusers; paint products such as thinners; jewellery; and glues.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) today launched the nationwide inspection campaign to see if products comply with the relevant EU chemical legislation, which is designed to improve chemical safety.
The packaging of products will also be checked to ensure child-resistant fastenings and tactile warnings of danger are included where required.

"We will focus our inspections on discount stores and hardware stores. Specifically, we will be checking the labelling information and also packaging to ensure that products which are required to have child-resistant fastenings are compliant. We will also be checking jewellery and glues for the presence of banned substances," said Kevin Buckley, senior inspector with the HSA.
Ireland  public  discovery  environmental  adhesives  cleaners  illegal 
september 2017 by dchas
Fire chief urges caution with chemicals after Oshawa restaurant employee burned
OSHAWA — Oshawa’s fire chief is reminding residents to be cautious with cleaners, after a restaurant employee was burned by chemicals Friday night.

Emergency crews were called to the Family Wok restaurant on Simcoe Street North in downtown Oshawa at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 8, for reports of a “chemical situation.”

Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark says a cleaning product being used to clean a sink reacted with the water and vapourized.

One employee was taken to hospital with burns.

Clark says it is important to carefully read labels and follow directions when working with chemical cleaners.
Canada  public  release  injury  cleaners 
september 2017 by dchas
Reaction raises alarm
OSKALOOSA — A chemical reaction between cleaning supplies on an old mop Tuesday night caused the downtown Oskaloosa Pizza Ranch to fill with smoke before fire officials arrived to extinguish the chemical reaction. There were no injuries.

Oskaloosa fire Chief Mark Neff said officials from the Oskaloosa Fire Department responded to the call a Pizza Ranch, 120 High Ave. W., just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Firefighters were seen removing a table with a black, smoldering mop head on it from the front door of the building.

Neff said Wednesday morning that the incident was caused by a reaction of cleaning chemicals.

“A cotton mop had some cleaning solution on it, and there was a chemical reaction,” Neff said. “It was more smoke; no flames.”

Neff said that the mop head had been removed from the handle, cleaned with chemicals and left on the table.
us_IA  public  fire  response  cleaners 
august 2017 by dchas
Va. Beach man mixed chemicals causing explosion, sent to hospital
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A chemical explosion sent one man to the hospital, and hazmat crews are investigating Thursday morning.

Dispatch received reports of a pressure washer explosion, and injuries around 7:00 a.m. at 2744 Dam Neck Road.

When crews arrived no one was there, but a locked storage unit with the smell of chlorine coming from inside.

After further investigation, officials learned a man mixed chlorine bleach with nitric acid, common in cleaners, which caused an explosion.

The man suffered injuries to his right hand and arm and drove himself to the hospital, but locked the storage unit before leaving.

Hazmat was able to open the storage unit to further investigate.
us_VA  public  explosion  injury  bleach  cleaners  nitric_acid 
august 2017 by dchas
Woonsocket FD: Cleaning agent to blame for hazmat
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Hazmat technicians, the state fire marshal and the Department of Environmental Management are investigating a chemical spill at a Woonsocket mill building

Crews responded at about 7 p.m. to a reported fire at a mill building on Privilege Street. Upon arrival, they encountered chemicals on the second floor that looked like they were purposely spilled over. Three first responders were treated and released from Landmark Medical Center after noticing irritation in their throats.

Woonsocket Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Oakland told Eyewitness News Tuesday, the chemical was some sort of cleaning agent. He said the chemical is normally not harmful but it posed a problem for first responders because they were not in a well-ventilated area.
us_RI  public  release  injury  cleaners 
august 2017 by dchas
NEW: Five injured after chemical accident near Disney
A chemical reaction near Walt Disney World left five people injured.

The explosion occurred at the Park Inn by the Radison resort, located at 3011 Maingate Lane near the U.S. Highway 192 tourist area, at around 8:15 a.m. today, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Authorities said a worker mixed bleach and chlorine in a laundry room, the Sentinel reported.

The building was evacuated and the Osceola County Fire Rescue hazmat team responded to the scene. The worker and three others from the hotel were taken to a hospital, and another person was treated at the hotel, according to the Sentinel.
us_FL  public  explosion  injury  cleaners 
august 2017 by dchas
Father says Beaumont toddlers burned by tile cleaner doing fine, could be home by this evening
BEAUMONT - Two Beaumont toddlers transported by helicopter after suffering from chemical burns could be released to their parents by this evening.

The 1 and 2-year-old were airlifted to the UTMB burn center from a home on Oakridge Drive in the north end of Beaumont out of an "abundance of caution" according to Beaumont Police.

The children's father tells 12News that the children will be fine and that the family is on their way to Galveston and hopes to be bringing the children home this evening.

The children were playing and got into tile & grout cleaner and ended up sitting in the substance and were burned according to Beaumont Police.

The children, who did not drink or ingest the cleaner, got it out of a cabinet in what appears to be an accident police said.
us_TX  public  release  injury  cleaners 
august 2017 by dchas
Chemical odor forces evacuation of Salem Market Basket 
SALEM, N.H. — Shoppers were evacuated from a Market Basket Friday afternoon after a chemical odor caused two employees to become ill.

Salem Fire Department crews responded to the scene around noon after receiving a call that an employee was feeling ill. As crews were assessing him, a second employee exited the store with similar symptoms. Firefighters also began smelling a chemical odor, according to Battalion Chief Fran Enos.

As a precaution, the 265 S. Broadway store was emptied of customers and additional crews and a Hazmat team was called from Windham to investigate the scene. The investigators found that the odor was likely caused why two household chemical cleaners that had accidentally been mixed in a cleaning bucket.

No shoppers became ill due to the odors, which were far from life-threatening, Enos said.

"It was really very minor," he said. "Everyone worked with the utmost care to make sure it wasn't more serious."
us_NH  public  release  injury  cleaners 
august 2017 by dchas
Strong smell from cleaning chemicals at Glendale apartments
GLENDALE, AZ - Phoenix and Glendale Fire Department crews are at an apartment complex in Glendale after getting a report of two people feeling nauseous from cleaning chemicals.

Authorities say there was a strong chemical smell when fire crews arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon.

The decision was made to evacuate about 14 apartments closest to the apartment that the odor was originating from.

A hazardous materials team came in and used chemical meters to determine that there were vapors present, but not at a level that would cause any long-term health effects.

The cleaning chemicals were removed and a fan was used to exhaust the remaining fumes.

Both people who felt nauseous decline treatment now.
us_AZ  public  release  response  cleaners 
july 2017 by dchas
Haz Mat Situation Sends Nine First Responders to Hospital
County Road 107 near Proctorville, Ohio, was blocked for several hours Sunday, July 16, for what was preliminarily described as a hazmat situation. Nine people , including first responders, were rush to area hospitals.

However, upon further investigation, the fumes were not "toxic," but a combination of household chemicals. Apparently, a woman's efforts to clean a toilet resulted in the a pepper gas styled burning feeling. 

Lawrence County EMS Medic 41 was called to call in Rome Twp. Once they got on scene the crew started experiencing burning to skin, rash, and burning to throat. Another squad was called in along with the Rome Fire Dept.. Two firemen, four LCEMS personnel, and three patients all had similar symptoms and were transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital where they were met by my favorite female fire chief, Jan Rader, for decontamination and evaluation in the ED.
us_OH  public  release  injury  cleaners 
july 2017 by dchas
LCSO: Chemical Exposure Contained at the Lewis County Jail
The Lewis County Sheriff's Office posted this press release this afternoon on their Facebook page:

A chemical exposure at the Lewis County Jail has been contained to the Kitchen area. Shortly after 3:30 pm this afternoon, an inmate working in the kitchen area of the jail inadvertently mixed household cleaning chemicals, causing an instant chemical reaction. The kitchen area was evacuated, and approximately eight inmates and two kitchen staff members present have been removed from the area and evaluated by jail medical personnel. The Chehalis Fire Department responded and began to ventilate the area, as well as contain the mixed chemicals to a single container. Hazardous material response personnel are also en route to dispose of the chemical mixture.

The main jail population remains unaffected, and the inmate kitchen workers exposed continue to be monitored and evaluated. Due to this disruption we are asking the public to help us in limiting phone calls to the jail at this time while clean-up operations are underway.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
july 2017 by dchas
Worker injured by toxic mix of cleaning products
A gas-station employee who combined two common cleaning agents suffered inhalation injuries Wednesday evening.

View Royal firefighters and B.C. Ambulance paramedics responded to the 6 Mile Shell station at 490 Island Highway for a hazardous-materials incident.

By mixing Comet cleaning product with bleach, the staff member created a “highly toxic gas, similar in nature to chlorine or mustard gas,” Fire Chief Paul Hurst said in an email. “In this instance, she was very fortunate that she left the enclosed area when the gas formed. However, she was still exposed and suffered inhalation injuries. She was transported to Victoria General Hospital by ambulance.”
Canada  public  release  injury  cleaners 
july 2017 by dchas
Research Finds Common Household Chemicals Lead to Birth Defects in Mice
A new study at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has found a connection between common household chemicals and birth defects.

Known as quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats," the chemicals are often used as disinfectants and preservatives in household and personal products such as cleaners, laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo and conditioner, and eye drops. The research demonstrated a link between quats and neural tube birth defects in both mice and rats.

"These chemicals are regularly used in the home, hospital, public spaces, and swimming pools," said Terry Hrubec, associate professor of anatomy at the VCOM-Virginia campus and research assistant professor in the veterinary college's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. "Most people are exposed on a regular basis."

Hrubec investigated the effect of two commonly used quats: alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride. These are often listed on ingredient lists as ADBAC and DDAC, respectively, and are valued for their antimicrobial and antistatic properties, as well as their ability to lower surface tension. Hrubec found that exposure to these chemicals resulted in neural tube birth defects -- the same birth defect as spina bifida and anencephaly in humans.
us_VA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
june 2017 by dchas
Improvised chemical bombs found near Evanston
EVANSTON — Several improvised chemical pressure bombs were found in and around an abandoned vehicle near Evanston on Friday, June 9, requiring assistance from the Sweetwater County Bomb Squad in order for the scene to be declared safe.

According to the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was reported after a man noticed it near a stock pond on his land about a mile north of County Road 108 (the landfill road), a week earlier.

Deputies investigated the scene and found one bomb in the vehicle and three others in the area, all of which were detonated by the bomb squad. One bomb had exploded and damaged the car, which the Sheriff’s Office said appeared to be of little value.

Sheriff Doug Matthews said they don’t have a lot of information, but his office is conducting an investigation. He said they think it was probably some kids just messing around.

The Sheriff’s Office warned about such improvised bombs, however.

“Improvised chemical bombs are commonly made using flimsy containers like plastic soda bottles,” states a post from the Uinta County Law Enforcement Services Facebook page. “A liquid such as toilet or drain cleaner is poured into the bottle and other substances are introduced to cause a chemical reaction.”
us_WY  public  discovery  response  bomb  cleaners 
june 2017 by dchas
Spill safety: Ways to prepare for a chemical emergency
We’ve had two chemical incidents in our area this week. Friday, we reported a mixture of pool cleaner and fertilizer at Rural King in Martin, Tennessee. No one was hurt, but people in a nearby movie theater evacuated as a precaution.
Monday we confirmed 90 pounds of benzene, a component of gasoline, leaked from Ashland in Calvert City. The leak began last Wednesday and ended Sunday. The company tells us too much pressure was building in one of the tanks, so a safety valve began releasing the vapor. No one was injured.
If this happens near you, you’ll likely be notified by a siren or phone call. You will be advised to either stay home or evacuate, depending on the severity of the chemical release.
us_KY  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners  gasoline 
june 2017 by dchas
Consumer product additives examined
Consumer products maker SC Johnson and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), an advocacy group, have separately undertaken initiatives seeking to limit consumer exposure to potentially harmful additives in consumer products.
Among the 368 potential skin allergens that SC Johnson says may be in its household cleaning products are
▸ Ammonium persulfate
▸ Cinnamon leaf oil
▸ Formaldehyde
▸ Hibiscus abelmoschus seed oil
▸ Menthol
▸ Methylchloroisothiazolinone
▸ Pepper oil
▸ Rosewood oil
▸ Toluene diisocyanate
▸ Turpentine
SC Johnson, the maker of cleaners such as Fantastik and Scrubbing Bubbles, has disclosed on its website 368 potential skin allergens that may be present in its products. By 2018, the website, WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, will also list which skin allergens are contained in specific products.
All cleaning products contain potential allergens, the company says. But to reduce the likelihood that sensitive individuals could develop skin redness or a rash, the firm decided to “give families the whole story.”
The list, which an expert panel reviewed, includes both natural and synthetic skin allergens. “In many cases, naturals can have more skin allergens than synthetics,” SC Johnson says. In 2015, the firm revealed fragrances found in its products to allay toxicity fears.
Consumer product firms are being pushed to better disclose ingredients in household and personal care products. Retailers Target and Walmart, for instance, have pressured suppliers on ingredient transparency and insisted that many products be reformulated to remove problematic preservatives such as parabens and formaldehyde donors.
public  discovery  environmental  cleaners  irritant 
june 2017 by dchas
Chemical spill causes evacuation of local Martin, TN movie theat
UPDATE: City of Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers has confirmed there was a chemical spill at the Rural King in Martin,TN Friday night.

Chief Summers tells WPSD that two chemical substances, a pool cleaner and a fertilizer, spilled inside the store. While firefighters were trying to separate substances, they began mixing and caused a reaction.

Firefighters then left the scene and called in a hazmat team.

Chief Summers says the Cine 6 Theatre was evacuated as a precaution but says no one was in immediate danger.

No reports of any injures.
us_TN  public  release  response  ag_chems  cleaners 
june 2017 by dchas
Crash causes chemical spill in East Long Beach; neighbors told to close windows
Authorities told residents in a Long Beach neighborhood to close their windows and stay inside while hazardous material crews mopped up pool-cleaning chemicals that spilled out into the street after a traffic crash Thursday morning.

The small spill happened when a pickup truck carrying the chemicals collided with at least one other vehicle shortly before 8 a.m. near the intersection of Wardlow Road and Claremore Avenue, which is just east of the 605 Freeway, according to authorities.

Police said the crash may have involved up to four vehicles.

Nobody was injured in the collision, but some drivers complained of shortness of breath from fumes created by the spill, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Capt. Matt Dobberpuhl said.

Authorities also notified a nearby school, Newcomb Academy, advising students and staff to shelter in place until the cleanup was finished, Dobberpuhl said.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  cleaners 
june 2017 by dchas
Boy, 9, Critically Ill After Toxic Waste Dumped At BonfireCIWM Journal Online
A young boy of nine is fighting for his life in hospital after coming into contact with hazardous material dumped at a Belfast bonfire site.
Emergency services are investigating the dumping of toxic chemicals at a Belfast bonfire site after a concerned parent contacted police about the material following the hospitalisation of their son.
Cameron Dickson, nine, is in intensive care in a critical condition, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Police and health officials have issued a warning to the public, fearing other children may have come into contact with the dumped drums at Glenwood Street, close to the Shankill Road, which are reported to contain industrial cleaner for patios and driveways.
“This is shocking but sadly an example of the many hazardous materials dumped on bonfires which should be disposed of legally and properly. It’s irresponsible.”
A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health Trust said the schoolboy was in a critical condition. Inspector Laura Kelly urged parents who live in the area to seek medical help if their children display any symptoms.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  cleaners  toxics 
may 2017 by dchas
Truck crash and explosion closes Highway 152
A big rig carrying a liquid cleaning solution crashed and exploded into flames Wednesday afternoon south of Chowchilla, the California Highway Patrol reports.
The truck that crashed Wednesday on the Highway 152 westbound transition from Highway 99 left both roads closed for hours.

It was the second fiery truck crash in two days in the Central Valley. On Tuesday, a gas truck crashed and exploded near Atwater, killing the driver and setting off hours of delay on Highway 99 near Applegate Avenue, 25 miles north of Chowchilla.

The truck was traveling from Highway 99 to Highway 152 west when it struck a guardrail and jack-knifed, coming to rest on the transition over Highway 99, said Lt. Alfredo Vasquez. It caught fire and exploded, sparking a grass fire about 12:30 p.m.

There were no injuries in the crash, Vasquez said.

A hazardous material team from Madera County was dispatched to the scene, but workers couldn’t get to the crash site until the chemical is identified and the fire around the truck continues to burn, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Rahn.
us_CA  transportation  explosion  death  cleaners 
may 2017 by dchas
Chemical mix-up at Derby David Lloyd club leaves eight needing hospital checks
Eight people were taken to hospital for "precautionary checks" after cleaning chemicals were incorrectly mixed at a health club.
Staff members and a family of four were taken to hospital from the David Lloyd club at Pride Park in Derby.
A spokesman for the club said it had reopened after the incident on Saturday morning, but the pool remained closed.
A Derbyshire fire service spokesman said workers at the pool area "had incorrectly mixed chemicals".
"Seven people who were in the pool or the area, plus one maintenance worker were conveyed to hospital for precautionary checks," the fire spokesman said.
A David Lloyd Clubs spokesman said: "We have very strict health and safety policies in place to ensure the safety of our members and team, and will be launching a full investigation to understand how this incident happened."
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  cleaners 
may 2017 by dchas
Hazmat crews on Windsor Street in Columbia
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Columbia Fire Department confirms there was a small chemical reaction in the 1500 block of Windsor street. 

According to CFD, members of Columbia's Solid Waste Department found a trash bag with light smoke coming from it. 

The hazardous materials truck (hazmat) was requested for the call. 

Crews found the trash bag with light, white smoke coming from it. Firefighters used specialized protective gear and determined the smoke was caused by a mixing of two household chemicals. A toilet bowl cleaner and another household cleaner had spilled from their containers and mixed in the bottom of the bag.

Crews applied an absorbing, neutralizing agent to the liquid and safely disposed of it.

Five units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. There were no reported injuries.
us_MO  transportation  release  response  cleaners  waste 
may 2017 by dchas
Roof damaged after chemical reaction causes explosion in Mooroobool
UPDATE: A MAN who was working on a Mooroobool roof when a chemical reaction caused a large explosion is being treated in hospital.

He and a second male were believed to have been cleaning the roof of the Olfersia Ct property when the blast occurred just after 9am this morning.

Neighbours reported hearing a large explosion followed by several smaller explosions.

Firefighters inspect the roof of a Mooroobool house which sustained damage after cleaners using chlorine likely created a chemical reaction which caused an explosion in Olfersia Ct. Neighbour Monica Stapleton heard the blasts. Picture: Marc McCormack
Resident Monica Stapleton who lives across the road from the house said she saw the men on the roof stripping off their overalls and hosing themselves with water.

“They were coughing and spluttering and didn’t seem to be able to breath properly,” she said.

The men left and are understood to have driven themselves to Cairns Hospital.

One is being treated and is in a stable condition.
Australia  public  explosion  injury  chlorine  cleaners 
may 2017 by dchas
Largo Walmart evacuated after reports of chemical smell inside store
LARGO — Emergency hazardous materials crews were dispatched to a Walmart Supercenter on Friday afternoon after receiving reports of a chemical smell in the store, according to Largo Fire Rescue.

The store at 990 Missouri Ave. N was evacuated. Some people inside the business initially complained of tight throats and were having trouble breathing, according to Largo Fire Rescue, but no one has been hospitalized. The order smelled like a lemon-scented cleaner.

"We don't have anything that's showing on our meters as to be any environmental hazard or contaminant," said Largo deputy fire Chief David Mixson.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
april 2017 by dchas
Bar of soap in toilet leads to chemical reaction, hospital trip for three Amherst women
AMHERST -- Three women faced with the dilemma of a bar of soap that fell into a toilet were taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Saturday night after they accidentally created a chemical reaction by mixing drain cleaners.

Fire Chief Tim Nelson said the women used a combination of Liquid Plumber and Green Gobbler to dissolve the soap. 

When the first product failed to clear the toilet, the women added the second -- which produced a byproduct of chlorine gas, Nelson said.

The women immediately started having respiratory issues and opened the windows. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution, he said, and a hazmat team was called in to assess the situation.

Nelson said the women were lucky, as such a mixture is used by some people seeking to kill themselves. Others have died accidentally after mixing cleaning agents.

"You've got to be smart and read directions," Nelson said. "You need to know ho to use it and how to dispose of it and what not mix it with." 
us_MA  public  release  response  cleaners 
april 2017 by dchas
Dozy thief may have mistaken corrosive chemical for drugs in Camborne vehicle break-in
A foolish thief who stole a highly toxic and corrosive chemical during a Camborne vehicle break-in may have mistaken it for recreational drugs, police have said.

Police have sent out a warning to the public after the incident took place overnight between Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16, at Rosewarne Terrace.

A white Piaggio Porter was broken into by smashing the passenger window and a touring caravan parked next to the vehicle was also raided and subsequently vandalised.

A car radio was stolen along with a potentially dangerous chemical which was being stored in a tub in the caravan.

Detective Constable Rebecca Exley-Deane, said: "Approximately 30 Oxalic tablets were stolen during the vehicle break in and vandalism.

"Oxalic acid, also known as ethanedioic acid, is used as an industrial cleaning agent and regularly used in beekeeping to help eradicate mites as part of hive maintenance and cleaning.

"The corrosive nature and toxicity of the acid means that workers wear full protective gear when working with and handling this chemical.

"In its purest form it is highly toxic due to its bleach-like corrosive properties, both when coming in contact with skin or ingested.
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  response  cleaners 
april 2017 by dchas
HazMat crews respond to Humane Society after urine-based ammonia hospitalizes worker
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A mix of urine-based ammonia and bleach sent one person to the hospital Monday morning after a hazardous material call at the Humane Society.

Lt. Jonathan Evans with Myrtle Beach Fire Department says they responded to the call around 11:10 a.m. Monday after a mix of urine-based ammonia and bleach were mixed in a washing machine at the Humane Society and the emission of the noxious gasses affected the person doing the laundry.

“We’re going to be disposing of many of the blankets and things that were in the laundry area to be washed,” says Grand Strand Humane Society Executive Director Suzanne Roman. “And if anyone could donate blankets to us right now, we really really need them, because we will have to throw all of those out. And we are flushing the area out and really making sure that it is safe for the animals and for people to go back in.”

Multiple engines, heavy rescue, and the MBFD hazardous material truck responded to the call. HazMat techs are working to clear the materials, but crews are not expecting any other injuries from the hazardous material, adds Lt. Evans.
us_SC  public  release  injury  ammonia  bleach  cleaners 
march 2017 by dchas
Mountaire chemical explosion causes severe injury
A 34-year-old man was severely injured in a minor chemical explosion at Mountaire poultry processing plant in Selbyville earlier this month.

According to officials, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, a Mountaire employee suffered facial trauma and chemical burns when he accidently mixed two cleaning chemicals that caused an explosive reaction.

There was no fire, and emergency workers were called in to deal with the injury and chemical cleanup.

“The gentleman was part of cleaning detail. He was filling up a sprayer to spray down and clean various areas of the plant. As it’s been related to us, he unknowingly mixed two chemicals that cannot be mixed together,” said Fire Chief Matt Sliwa of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company.

There were no other injuries, but several emergency responders went through a decontamination process.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the incident occurred when the worker “mistakenly mixed two chemicals in a 2.5-gallon sprayer. The sprayer over-pressurized, causing it to explode. Minor damage was caused to the room where the explosion occurred.”

The Fire Marshal’s Office could not confirm the identities of the two chemicals that were mixed together. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. at the Hosier Street location, in a room near the garage bays.

“It was in what they call it their ‘chemical room,’ but I don’t know if they consider that part of the plant or wastewater plant,” said Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins.

“Third shift is a cleaning shift. They’re not actually processing anything,” Sliwa noted.

“He was critical at that point,” he added of the worker’s condition when emergency responders arrived on-scene. “They wanted to try and fly him to shock-trauma at some point, but with the weather issues and high wind conditions,” it was safer to drive to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, said Sliwa.
us_DE  industrial  explosion  injury  cleaners 
february 2017 by dchas
Toxic cleaning chemical sparks evacuation of Motueka transfer station
A highly toxic cleaning chemical dumped at the Motueka Transfer Station sparked an emergency evacuation after staff fell ill and birds died.

The fire service responded to a suspected chemical spill at the transfer station in Robinson Rd about 10am on Thursday.

They were alerted by two staff who had become ill on site.

Staff receive medical attention after a at the Tasman District Council's transfer station near Motueka.

Motueka Deputy Fire Chief Mike Compton said staff had also seen several dead birds which indicated something might be wrong.

Staff were treated by St John paramedics at the scene.

The entrance to the transfer station was cordoned off while firefighters wearing chemical suits investigated the dump site.

Compton said they found a hazardous chemical in the pit.

"Once they identified it, we isolated it into a sealed unit. It was only a small amount, it was probably about 500mls," Compton said.

"And any product that had been contaminated around it was also put into the unit."

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat said the chemical was a "very strong solvent" used for industrial-grade cleaning. It was most likely dumped on Thursday morning.

"It was just a small amount left in a drum, but it was enough to have an effect," Choat said.
New_Zealand  industrial  release  response  cleaners  solvent  waste 
february 2017 by dchas
Chemical ocular injuries among children linked to laundry detergent pods
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the U.S., according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

The widespread adoption of laundry detergent pods, which are dissolvable pouches containing enough laundry detergent for a single use, has led to an increase in associated injuries among children. Reports of pod-related injuries, including poisoning, choking, and burns, have suggested that this pattern may be in part due to the products' colorful packaging and candy-like appearance.

R. Sterling Haring, D.O., M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and colleagues examined the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS; run by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) for the period 2010-2015 for eye injuries resulting in chemical burn or conjunctivitis among children age 3 to 4 years (i.e., preschool-aged children).

During this time period, 1,201 laundry detergent pod-related ocular burns occurred among children age 3 to 4 years. The number of chemical burns associated with laundry detergent pods increased from 12 instances in 2012 to 480 in 2015; the proportion of all chemical ocular injuries associated with these devices increased from 0.8 percent of burns in 2012 to 26 percent in 2015. These injuries most often occurred when children were handling the pods and the contents squirted into one or both of their eyes or when the pod contents leaked onto their hands and a burn resulted from subsequent hand-eye contact.
public  discovery  injury  cleaners 
february 2017 by dchas
EPA moves to ban uses of trichloroethylene
Trichloroethylene (TCE) would no longer be permitted in aerosol degreasers and stain removers, which are used by dry-cleaning facilities, under a regulation proposed Dec. 7 by EPA.
The action marks the first time in more than 20 years that EPA has tried to use its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to restrict the use of a hazardous chemical.
EPA concluded in 2014 that TCE in spot cleaning agents and aerosol spray degreasers could pose health risks to workers and consumers. TCE is a known human carcinogen, and studies have associated the chemical with neurological, developmental, and immunological toxicity.
The agency’s 2014 assessment also found risks associated with the use of TCE in commercial vapor degreasing, but EPA is working on a separate regulation to address those risks. The chemical industry is strongly opposed to restricting that particular use.
TCE is one of the first 10 chemicals that EPA will evaluate for risk under the revised TSCA, which was enacted in June. The agency plans to use its new authorities to assess all remaining uses of the chemical.
“For the first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment,” says Jim Jones, EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “I am confident that the new authority Congress has given us is exactly what we need to finally address these important issues,” he says.
industrial  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
december 2016 by dchas
Man hospitalized after fumes fill Anaheim restaurant
ANAHEIM – A restaurant near Honda Center and Angel Stadium was evacuated after cleaning crews incorrectly mixed together chemicals that lead to noxious fumes on Friday afternoon.

Officers were called out shortly before 2 p.m. to JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery on Katella Avenue, after some workers reported being sickened by fumes, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department.

The contracted cleaners put the wrong chemical into a toilet and it caused a reaction, Wyatt said. The restaurant, which was open for business, was evacuated while HazMat crews cleared out the chemicals.

Six people were exposed to the fumes but only one was hospitalized. Two others did not want to be taken to a hospital while the other three showed no signs of discomfort. It was immediately unknown what the chemicals were.
us_CA  public  release  injury  cleaners 
october 2016 by dchas
Selling Shampoo, Eye Cream and a Chemical Crackdown
The last time Congress thoroughly overhauled the regulation of personal care products like cosmetics and shampoo, World War II had not yet begun.

Nearly 80 years later, personal care is a multibillion-dollar business, and many of the ingredients used in soaps and face creams are complex — and potentially dangerous — chemical compounds. But the laws on the books have not kept up with the times: If a shampoo makes your hair fall out, no government agency can easily compel a recall.

That could change soon. Legislation that would introduce a far more serious degree of regulatory oversight to the personal care products industry is proceeding in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Consumer safety groups are pushing for stricter laws. And the call for more stringent oversight of the industry is coming from a coalition of companies that includes Beautycounter, a plucky start-up that is pitching natural face creams as well as regulation.

Beautycounter is the brainchild of Gregg Renfrew, a retail executive who has embraced the cause of cleaner cosmetics. In 2006, after a career working with women including Martha Stewart and Susie Hilfiger, Ms. Renfrew watched “An Inconvenient Truth,” the Al Gore documentary on global warming. “It was an incredible wake-up call for me,” she said.

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Her newfound environmental consciousness soon extended beyond the gas pump. Before long she was trying to rid her home of potentially harmful toxins wherever they might lurk. She tossed her nonstick frying pans and bought stainless steel replacements; threw out plastic containers, preferring glass; and started using natural cleaning products.
us_NY  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
october 2016 by dchas
Cleaning chemical mix at Cheese Louise injures employee, closes Route 28 businesses
TOWN OF KINGSTON >> An overzealous employee hoping to do an exemplary job cleaning early Saturday at Cheese Louise on state Route 28, wound up mixing bleach and another cleanser, accidently creating a toxic and potentially explosive stew, according to the store’s owners and the town’s fire chief.

The incident sent the unidentified employee to HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston, and led Sawkill Fire Department Chief Dave Hoffman to request assistance from the city of Kingston hazardous materials team and closed Route 28 westbound for about three hours.

Exercising extreme caution, co-owner Rick Regan said, he called 911 at about an hour after learning bleach and a lime scale remover had been mixed in a sink at the gourmet cheese shop at 940 state Route 28.
us_NY  industrial  release  injury  bleach  cleaners 
october 2016 by dchas
Hazmat incident causes confusion and speculation in Hegins |
HEGINS – The 600 block of Chestnut Street in Hegins was in a bit of a frenzy Sunday evening.
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a hazmat incident at 633 Chestnut Street, the site of the former Hegins Manufacturing, now a private residence.
According to fire personnel, they arrived on scene just before 6 p.m. and weren’t sure exactly what they were dealing with.
“The incident involved a 55-gallon drum of some type of chemical which was leaking in the basement of the building,” said Hegins Valley Fire-Rescue Chief Doug Williams, during a phone interview Monday morning. “He said there was a strong odor of ammonia and there was definitely ammonia present in the drum. What exactly the chemical was used for still hasn’t been determined. It could have been some type of floor cleaner from the days of the factory.”

Williams said the homeowners, who weren’t identified, claim the drum has been in the basement since they bought the property.
Williams said the drum was very rusty.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  ammonia  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Paradise Pizza shop in Chicopee closed after cleaning chemicals cause hazmat scare
CHICOPEE — Paradise Pizza is closed and the building's three upstairs tenants have found temporary shelter elsewhere after a cleaning incident gone awry prompted a hazmat response on Exchange Street on Wednesday night.

Chicopee Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Crevier told MassLive the town's Board of Health will inspect 140 Exchange St. this morning to evaluate the space. It is not yet known when and whether the shop will reopen. The upstairs tenants — a couple and a small child — have not yet returned to their home above the store.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Chicopee Fire Department responded to the location, finding a "chemical reaction" underway, producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Employees of the store had been cleaning grease-covered grates from inside a pizza oven ventilation pipe, using a caustic cleaner containing sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate and sodium chloride, when the reaction started.

Things got out of hand quickly, Crevier said, and when he arrived in a fire engine with three other firefighters, he realized the situation was beyond his scope and called in a full Hazmat team.
us_MA  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Toddlers Are at Highest Risk for Chemical Burns to the Eyes
Accidents involving chemicals splashed in the eyes were long regarded as a workplace risk.

But it turns out that toddlers have the highest risk for this potentially blinding injury at home, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology last month. Before a parent can stop them, curious babies may spray themselves in the face with a household cleaner or squeeze a liquid detergent packet till it explodes.

Most parents know to keep liquid cleaning products out of children’s reach so they do not drink them, but may be unaware that even products like toilet cleaning sprays and alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be kept out of reach.

Chemical eye burns from industrial chemicals and cleaning products are usually considered a problem in industrial settings. That is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates the use of safety goggles and face shields in certain jobs.

Using a database of 900 emergency departments nationwide, researchers found that 1- and 2-year-olds had the highest rates of eye injuries from chemicals. Roughly 28 out of 100,000 1-year-olds and 23 out of every 100,000 2-year-olds had chemical eye burns while only 13 out of every 100,000 adults ages 18 to 64 did.

“Just about every eye doctor has seen this,” said Dr. Alex Levin, the chief of pediatric ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, who did not participate in the new study. “It’s a potentially blinding problem that is a completely preventable tragedy.”
public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Chemical levels spike in creek that was site of carburetor cleaner leak
COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Results show potentially dangerous chemical levels increasing after the state declared the chemical spill cleanup in a Cobb County creek complete.

New numbers show chemical levels nearly have doubled within the last week -- measured in parts per billion.

The Chattahoochee River Keeper took samples after carburetor cleaner turned a creek behind homes in Smyrna chalk white.

The river keeper told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant that the numbers should wave a red flag.

Diamant said the creek affected by the August spill still has a very obvious chemical smell.

Investigators will now have to figure out if the original spill site is the source of these new elevated chemical levels.
us_GA  public  follow-up  environmental  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Paramedics respond after custodian accidentally mixes toxic cleaning chemicals
MADISON, Wis. — A custodian at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections accidentally created a toxic mixture of cleaning chemicals on Tuesday.

The Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical spill at 5:30 pm, reported NBC 15 News. Paramedics were contacted when someone in the building reported difficulty breathing.

Officials said the custodian was preparing to clean a bathroom when she mixed lemon bleach and toilet bowl cleaner together. The combination is known to create chemicals that are toxic to humans, including hydrochloric acid and chlorine gas.

An incident report said the custodian poured the solution down the drain of a slop sink and left the building when she realized what happened.
us_WI  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Custodian mistakenly mixes toxic chemicals at Department of Corrections building
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A facility custodian accidentally mixed a toxic combination of chemicals at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections building on Tuesday.

The Madison Fire Department says they responded to a report of a chemical spill at about 5:30 p.m. at the DOC building at 3099 East Washington Ave.

Paramedics were added to the call when the Dane County 911 Communications Center learned somebody in the building was having trouble breathing.

Officials say a facility custodian was preparing to clean the toilets when she mixed lemon bleach and toilet bowl cleaner together. This combination of cleaning chemicals is known to be toxic and even deadly.

According to the incident report, the custodian poured the solution down the drain of a slop sink and evacuated the building when she realized what happened.

Paramedics evaluated the custodian as firefighters entered the building to assess remaining hazards inside, according to the Fire Department. There was a slight odor of chlorine, but firefighters determined the hazard had been controlled.
us_WI  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
september 2016 by dchas
Woman accidentally poisons herself with deadly chlorine gas
A Hamilton, Ontario woman accidentally inhaled chlorine gas in her home after she unknowingly created the gas when she mixed several household cleaning agents together.  She was rushed to the hospital is treated for non life threatening injuries.

The August 9th incident was result of her mixing pesticides and several household cleaners.  She was found outside her townhouse in distress by fire crews.  A hazmat team was called to the residence to deal with the potentially concoction she created.  The mixture was placed in air-tight containers and disposed of properly.

Chlorine gas is extremely dangerous.  Breathing high levels of chlorine causes fluid build-up in the lungs, a condition known as pulmonary edema.  Mild exposure to chlorine gas causes eye irritation and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals exposed to chlorine gas complain about a burning sensation in their lungs and throat.
Canada  public  release  injury  chlorine  cleaners  pesticides 
august 2016 by dchas
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