Maintenance man treated after being splashed with chemicals at factory in Church

First published in Hyndburn

A MAINTENANCE man received emergency medical care after being splashed in the face with chemicals.

The 45-year-old man was carrying out routine repairs to a piece of machinery at William Blythe’s, in Bridge Street, Church yesterday when the incident happened.

The man, who has worked for the company for around 15 years as a maintenance fitter, was wearing goggles when he was splashed with Potassium Iodate, a caustic alkali.

He was immediately placed in a emergency first aid shower for 30 minutes by the company’s on site safety team.

Firefighters were also called to the scene but were later stood down shortly after 9am.

He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for checks.

Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor.

“The chemical splashed in his face while he was carrying out routine repairs to a piece of machinery.

“We wanted the employee to get checked out at the hospital. Part of the procedure at the ambulance station is to alert the local fire brigade. They were called but not needed.

“Part of our routine procedure is for anyone who comes into contact with chemicals to have a drench shower on site. We take no risks with chemicals at all.

“He was wearing his full protective suit and goggles, but when you are working with chemicals at pressure you can’t guarantee that it won’t have gone into his eyes.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance but we don’t expect him to have any lasting effects.”

She said the liquid chemical potassium iodate had a wide range of uses and was contained in the pipes of the machine he was repairing.

A spokesperson from the North West Ambulance Service said, “We received a call 9.03am to attend a 45-year-old man who had a chemical solution in his eyes. The patient had tried to wash out the chemical himself, however as he was still suffering effects a 999 call was made. He was transported to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.”

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5:23pm Sat 24 Nov 12

crammedarse says...

Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor.

She sounds a caring soul !! bet it would be a different story if she got the face full.
Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor. She sounds a caring soul !! bet it would be a different story if she got the face full. crammedarse
  • Score: 14

7:05pm Sat 24 Nov 12

oracle999 says...

crammedarse wrote:
Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor.

She sounds a caring soul !! bet it would be a different story if she got the face full.
My thoughts exactly, I'm sure the HSE will share her views....or not, best check the RIDDOR register just in case she forgot to report it
[quote][p][bold]crammedarse[/bold] wrote: Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor. She sounds a caring soul !! bet it would be a different story if she got the face full.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly, I'm sure the HSE will share her views....or not, best check the RIDDOR register just in case she forgot to report it oracle999
  • Score: 5

7:51pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Good call says...

Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story?
Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story? Good call
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9:44pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Stone Island: says...

Good call wrote:
Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story?
What's Gaza protesting about? The cost of Newcy Brown?
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story?[/p][/quote]What's Gaza protesting about? The cost of Newcy Brown? Stone Island:
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10:41pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

What an embarrassment of a directors statement, to be so concerned about the whole incident and the emergency services response to it. Not to mention to the employee. Sounds like a new director is required to me. What about saying what a fantastic response from all the services involved dealing with the incident whilst I was sat on my big fat behind composing my butt covering story
What an embarrassment of a directors statement, to be so concerned about the whole incident and the emergency services response to it. Not to mention to the employee. Sounds like a new director is required to me. What about saying what a fantastic response from all the services involved dealing with the incident whilst I was sat on my big fat behind composing my butt covering story Return of the Magnificent se7en
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1:30am Sun 25 Nov 12

Smee Again says...

Wearing goggles eh, if there's a danger of chemicals splashing onto the face then surely a full face visor would have been far more appropriate, risk & COSHH assessments would have told them that.
Wearing goggles eh, if there's a danger of chemicals splashing onto the face then surely a full face visor would have been far more appropriate, risk & COSHH assessments would have told them that. Smee Again
  • Score: -1

11:07am Sun 25 Nov 12

billy32 says...

(Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor.) Surely he should of had a full face guard supplied, just in case of any spillage. Anyhow it sounds like a really employee orientated company. Let's hope he doesn't get a written warning
(Teresa Pepper, director at William Blythe’s, said: “It generated a lot of fuss for something very minor.) Surely he should of had a full face guard supplied, just in case of any spillage. Anyhow it sounds like a really employee orientated company. Let's hope he doesn't get a written warning billy32
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12:50pm Sun 25 Nov 12

woolywords says...

Good call wrote:
Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story?
Because in our overly politically correct newspaper, anyone seen to be making any remark about a bunch of people protesting for all the wrong reasons is treated as near an act of treason.
Where were these people when these rockets were being launched on an hourly basis for a month? Strangely silent.
Now Hamas is getting some back, in spades, the rest of the rag-tag rabble are up in arms.
Bet there is lots of shouts about women and children being killed, maimed or mutilated but not a word about how the top tier of Hamas has been wiped out.
Where was the protests when Pakistan based Taliban threatened death to all girls going to school over the age of 12..not a peep out of them.
Where were the protests about the child abuse in Rochdale, again, not a peep out of them.
Now that Israel has got utterly fed up of being fired at and taking some positve action, let's have a protest march...
Of course I'd love to go and listen to what they have to say but not a word of it will be in English..
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: Why can't we comment on the gaza protest story?[/p][/quote]Because in our overly politically correct newspaper, anyone seen to be making any remark about a bunch of people protesting for all the wrong reasons is treated as near an act of treason. Where were these people when these rockets were being launched on an hourly basis for a month? Strangely silent. Now Hamas is getting some back, in spades, the rest of the rag-tag rabble are up in arms. Bet there is lots of shouts about women and children being killed, maimed or mutilated but not a word about how the top tier of Hamas has been wiped out. Where was the protests when Pakistan based Taliban threatened death to all girls going to school over the age of 12..not a peep out of them. Where were the protests about the child abuse in Rochdale, again, not a peep out of them. Now that Israel has got utterly fed up of being fired at and taking some positve action, let's have a protest march... Of course I'd love to go and listen to what they have to say but not a word of it will be in English.. woolywords
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1:41pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Graham Hartley says...

"We take no risks with chemicals at all."

In the business of industrial chemistry, risks with chemicals are taken at every moment.

“The chemical splashed in his face while he was carrying out routine repairs to a piece of machinery."

How odd it is to describe as routine a process which results in the emission at pressure of potassium iodate.
"We take no risks with chemicals at all." In the business of industrial chemistry, risks with chemicals are taken at every moment. “The chemical splashed in his face while he was carrying out routine repairs to a piece of machinery." How odd it is to describe as routine a process which results in the emission at pressure of potassium iodate. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -1

10:00pm Sun 25 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

I truly hor that this man makes a full recovery, he is in my prayers. We must of course comment on the fact that Isreal is Gods will. The terrorists in Gaza have been given , to coin a phrase a bloody good hiding! Shalom to my friends in Isreal. Shalom.

Deus Vobiscum
I truly hor that this man makes a full recovery, he is in my prayers. We must of course comment on the fact that Isreal is Gods will. The terrorists in Gaza have been given , to coin a phrase a bloody good hiding! Shalom to my friends in Isreal. Shalom. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: 0

11:12pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Graham Hartley says...

"Part of the procedure at the ambulance station is to alert the local fire brigade."

Hoorah to that! Potassium iodate is an oxidising agent and as such can make fire if in contact with combustible material. There is a startling violet colour to the flames, the visual impact of which is not diminshed (at least in my case) by much study of its cause. Think fireworks.
"Part of the procedure at the ambulance station is to alert the local fire brigade." Hoorah to that! Potassium iodate is an oxidising agent and as such can make fire if in contact with combustible material. There is a startling violet colour to the flames, the visual impact of which is not diminshed (at least in my case) by much study of its cause. Think fireworks. Graham Hartley
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