Two of three leave hospital after treatment in SRS accident

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 9:44 AM
Last updated 6:19 PM
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Two Savannah River Site workers hospitalized with chemical burns after a morning accident were released today after evaluation at an Augusta hospital, while a third employee will require additional treatment for a burned arm.

The workers were among seven employees evaluated after a 7:45 a.m. accident at Savannah River Site’s F Area, where nitric acid spilled during construction and decommissioning work, said Will Callicott, spokesman for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions – the site’s managing contractor.

Three workers were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, and four other workers were examined at the accident scene and released. The old F Area Canyon, where the accident occurred, is a chemical processing facility that once manufactured plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Currently, the area is undergoing cleanup and decommissioning work. The nitric acid is one of the materials formerly used in plutonium production. No radioactive material was involved, Mr. Callicott said.

According to a written statement provided by SRS this morning: “The three were part of a crew that was preparing an F Area facility for removal of process piping. While the crew was removing residual materials, they came into contact with nitric acid. Protective actions were issued for F Area workers while fire department personnel responded to the scene. Those protective actions have since been lifted.”

The identities of those involved have not been made public, but the patients transported from SRS by ambulance were evaluated at the emergency room at Doctors Hospital, said Olena Scarboro, spokeswoman for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

SRS officials were unsure how much nitric acid spilled, but no formal cleanup is anticipated.

The S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control was notified of the accident early today, as protocol dictates whenever there is a release of toxic or dangerous materials, said DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick.

“We found no environmental impact that would require a followup or visit or visual inspection,” he said, adding that he was unsure of the quantity of nitric acid involved, or whether a cleanup would be required

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/18/09 - 11:17 am
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It just doesn't seem like a

It just doesn't seem like a real news story until you have the identities of the victims...but I guess you do what you gotta do....

weatheringheights
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weatheringheights 08/18/09 - 11:30 am
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I'm sure it's real enough to

I'm sure it's real enough to anyone who has a loved one working out there. My prayers are with them.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 08/18/09 - 11:34 am
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How does not having the

How does not having the Identity of the victims make this less of a story? The importance is the extent of the accident. How many people were affected, and what is needed to return to normal. Will the effects of the accident extend beyond the facility and will it create long term hazzards. These questions have all been answered by this short concise article. Details regarding how it happened, the victims, and response will come later. Baroness, I don't even know why I responded to your rehtorical question.

andrew412
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andrew412 08/18/09 - 11:35 am
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hope everyone is okay... this

hope everyone is okay... this must have ruined the thousands of accident-free work hours the site has accumulated.

MYPOINT
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MYPOINT 07/21/10 - 12:00 am
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sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 08/18/09 - 01:39 pm
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Unfortunately, accidents can

Unfortunately, accidents can happen to experienced people too. Hopefully, these injured people will be okay and extreme precautions are taken and more stringent safety measures in effect. I have two brother in laws who work at SRS and many friends. I'm sure this is an unnerving day for many. No-one likes to hear bad news especially when unsure of who the injured are. But, as Newsreader stated: we will know when the media knows. Not all details are available immediately.

goldie53
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goldie53 08/18/09 - 02:01 pm
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You are just nosy Baroness. I

You are just nosy Baroness. I pray these people will be ok. Chemical burns are very serious, especially if the chemicals go into the lungs.

mable8
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mable8 08/18/09 - 02:44 pm
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So how did this accident

So how did this accident happen? Never mind the victims' names; that's not what is relevant to the article. Hope they recover quickly.

Boston93
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Boston93 08/18/09 - 04:01 pm
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EMERGENCY OVERVIEW

EMERGENCY OVERVIEW Appearance: clear to yellow liquid. Danger! May be fatal if inhaled. Causes severe eye and skin burns. Causes severe respiratory and digestive tract burns.
Certainly wish them well and quick recovery.

Strong oxidizer. Contact with other material may cause a fire. Acute pulmonary edema or chronic obstructive lung disease may occur from inhalation of the vapors of nitric acid. Corrosive to metal. Target Organs: Lungs, eyes, skin, mucous membranes. Potential Health Effects Eye: Causes severe eye burns. Direct contact with liquid may cause blindness or permanent eye damage. Skin: Causes skin burns. May cause deep, penetrating ulcers ofthe skin. Concentrated nitric aciddyes human skin yellow on contact.Ingestion: May cause severe and permanent damage to the digestive tract. More information MSDS Nitric Acid.

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MickiGa1 08/18/09 - 05:07 pm
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This means news worthy to me

This means news worthy to me since one of the victims was our family friend for years. Plus my dad worked there for years. "He" (I won't give the name yet either, is OK and getting treated at Doctor's. Baroness~I'm really surprise with that post. You are usually the most compassionate person I've met. Bad day?

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 08/18/09 - 07:59 pm
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At the same time SRS

At the same time SRS officials were talking about what a great record SRS has at the nuclear park meeting in N. Augusta, SRS has an accident. Perhaps a message from God?

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