Acid spill injures eight workers at Fort Atkinson plant
FORT ATKINSON—Eight workers were treated for injuries from a phosphoric acid spill at a Fort Atkinson manufacturing plant early today, officials said.
According to Fort Atkinson Fire Department Capt. Mark Schoenleber, at 5:15 a.m. today Spacesaver Corp. reported a valve broke on a 330-gallon container of metal cleaning solution at the company’s manufacturing plant at 1700 Janesville Ave on the city's south side.
About 275 gallons of the solution, which contained phosphoric acid, poured out onto the floor of the plant, officials said.
Jefferson County Hazmat and emergency responders from Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek and Lake Mills responded to the spill, evacuating about 50 third shift workers at the plant and shutting down a street near the plant for several hours, Schoenleber said.
Eight plant workers came in contact with the acid, and were treated and released for “minor skin irritation” at Fort Memorial Hospital, Fort Atkinson, said Mike Ghislain, Vice President of Human Resources at Spacesaver.
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