Haz­ardous pow­der leaves its mark

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Bar­rie Ma­clean is still feel­ing the ef­fects days af­ter a haz­ardous sub­stance was re­moved from his gar­den shed in Plim­mer­ton.

Mr Ma­clean, 64, had six fire en­gines turn up to his School Rd home af­ter he and friend Jay Hav­ill re­ported feel­ing nau­seous while clean­ing his shed on Jan­uary 26.

Both men’s tongues went numb and they felt ill.

Mr Ma­clean got a rash on his hands.

The fire­fight­ers put the pow­der into a con­tainer and the shed was cor­doned off.

Porirua City Coun­cil, as the lead agency for dis­pos­ing of haz­ardous sub­stances in pub­lic places or pri­vate dwellings, ar­ranged for it to be re­moved in a drum.

It is be­lieved the pow­der was a pes­ti­cide.

Mr Ma­clean said a neigh­bour had asked him to store the pow­der some time ago.

When he got home from his re­cent hol­i­day, he found his shed had been bro­ken into and the pow­der was spread around.

It was while clean­ing it up that he felt ill.

He and Mr Hav­ill were taken to hos­pi­tal, tested and dis­charged on the same day. But he still felt far from well.

‘‘I’ve got this flu thing go­ing on and my voice isn’t the best,’’ Mr Ma­clean said. ‘‘My hands still hurt.’’ Mr Ma­clean said he was be­ing a kind neigh­bour, but ad­mit­ted it was a harsh les­son learnt.

It was im­por­tant to un­der­stand ex­actly what was be­ing stored, and clear la­bels on con­tain­ers were needed, he said.

Porirua City

Coun­cil spokes­woman Moana Wy­att said the coun­cil ad­vised peo­ple to buy small quan­ti­ties of haz­ardous ma­te­rial and use them for the in­tended pur­pose within the per­mit­ted time.

Dan­ger­ous: Bar­rie Ma­clean out­side his cor­doned-off shed in Plim­mer­ton.

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