2 work­ers hurt in chemical leak at Dal­ton plant

The Standard Journal - - State and National News - By RAY HENRY

AT­LANTA — In­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine what caused a leak at a Dal­ton chemical plant that in­jured two work­ers.

Dal­ton Fire Chief Bruce Sat­ter­field said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened Mon­day morn­ing at a plant owned by MFG Chemical Inc.

A worker was adding a chemical to tank, which trig­gered a re­ac­tion that pro­duced va­por. Sat­ter­field said the va­por es­caped be­fore the worker could shut a lid. That worker ap­par­ently in­haled the va­por and was flown by he­li­copter to a burn cen­ter in Au­gusta. A sec­ond worker suf­fered less-se­ri­ous in­juries. Com­pany of­fi­cials said the re­lease was con­tained to the plant, but Sat­ter­field said some va­por may have es­caped the site.

Fire of­fi­cials briefly ad­vised res­i­dents of a nearby apart­ment com­plex to stay in­side. That pre­cau­tion was later lifted.

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