Seattle, Washington – One Person Transported to Hospital Following Chemical SpillRequest Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington (September 25, 2019) – One patient was taken to a hospital following a chemical spill that occurred at the 4600 block of Union Bay Place Northeast on Wednesday evening. The patient was said to be in stable condition and was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution. No other injuries were reported at the scene.
The circumstances of the accident has not been detailed, but the Seattle Fire Department reported that hydrofluoric acid was spilled and it was contained to a single area. Crews responded to the incident around 6 p.m., and reported that the substance was contained by 7:30 p.m. The building is reported to have been secured.
About Hazardous Material Incidents
According to Safeopedia.com, hazardous material incidents involve the uncontrolled release of one or more hazardous materials in a location which puts human lives or the environment at risk of damage. Furthermore, the website also defines the term “HAZMAT Incident” as an umbrella term for any incident which involve the release or exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Since there is a variety of hazardous materials that can be involved there is no set response to this particular incident. There are three types of hazmat incidents: simple spills, major spills, and emergencies. Simple spills do not spread rapidly and don’t pose an immediate threat to surrounding humans or the environment. Depending on the workplace, these incidents may not require reporting and may be cleaned up by a qualified worker. Major spills and emergencies, on the other hand, are reportable incidents that fulfill one of these conditions: incidents where the hazardous materials spread rapidly, endanger humans or the environment, has caused a person to require medical treatment for either injury or exposure, or involves an individual needing rescue. From this information, it is clear that hazmat incidents can result in lasting injuries and even fatalities. We urge all workplaces that use hazardous materials to run strict safety guidelines. Workplace safety should never be taken for granted in order to prevent damage, not only to human lives, but for the sake of the environment as well.