Employees Back At Work After Chemical Spill

Hazmat crews returned to the scene of a chemical spill at a plant in Nicholasville Monday morning.

Firefighters say workers at McKechnie Vehicle Components on John Watts Drive were trying to mix sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide when 200 gallons spilled just before 4:30 a.m.

Workers evacuated the plant while emergency workers contained the spill to the back of the building.

Firefighters said there was no threat to the public and no threat of a chemical cloud.

Workers were allowed to go back inside the building just before 6:30 a.m. However, after 7 a.m., ambulances returned to the scene after some workers complained of the fumes.

The plant was evacuated for a second time as a decontamination unit was set up.

The plant re-opened late Monday morning.

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  • by ME Location: KENTUCKY on Mar 10, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    OSHA needs to investigate this company anyway I know someone that works there, and a lot of codes are NOT up to par
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    Sounds like it was one of the cleaning tanks they were trying to refill. That is some really mean stuff. Ive seen chemical burns from factorys that work with cleaning and plating parts and the like. Just a second or 2 of contact before flushing the area can burn the skin to a point it scabs liek carpet burn. Also if you use the wrong flush agent like water on lye youll just speed up the burn rather than neutralize it. Most people dont have any idea what people in this country do to get that H2 to their door steps littlone that $4 american made door hinge or the like replacment parts.
  • by Thomas Location: Lexington on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    I hope the State Labor Cabinet (OSHA) investigates this facility and the incident. Was there a spill kit nearby and were the workers properly trained in Haz-Mat procedures on how to react? Were containers of sulfuric acid and hydrogen properly stored in containment dikes? KYT should follow up on this incident with one of their investigative reporters.


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