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Phenol Leak at Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 16

April 30, 2018

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Phenol Leak at Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 16
The Chemotex plant in Decine, Czech Republic. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Some 16 workers were injured and one person was killed at a chemical plant last Thursday in Decine, Czech Republic following a leak of phenol from a truck tanker, officials told French news service AFP.

The incident occurred at the Chemotex facility at about 5:30 a.m. after a hose that was moving phenol ruptured. A colorless crystalline solid or colorless liquid used in disinfectants and antiseptics, drugs like aspirin, and other products, phenol can cause chemical burns and eye damage and is toxic when inhaled.

“One man in serious condition, who was already resuscitated on the spot, died at an intensive care unit this afternoon,” a spokesperson for an area hospital told AFP.

Other injured workers were transported to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. Local officials told the French news organization that the leak did not pose a safety risk to area residents.

Production at the plant was halted following the leak

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