Saturday, 1 September 2007
02:11:39 AM (GMT)
I heard a garbled distress call that I could not understand over the radio. I then
asked the person over the radio, can you say again please? The next transmission
relayed the words gravity thickener & I’ve been burned. I ran too the west gravity
thickener & observed smoke emitting from the scum trough & a cell phone lying on the
south wall. I then proceeded to the ground level where chemicals were currently being
unloaded at chemical building #2.
I then saw Chuck, standing in the emergency shower & yet another cell phone on the
I picked up the cell phone and handed it to my co-worker Noel. I then asked Chuck if
he wanted me to get him a ride to the hospital. His reply was to call 911. As Noel
began calling 911 on the cell phone, I proceeded towards the front office to call 911
from a land line. In route to the front office I confirmed over the radio with Noel
that an ambulance was on the way. I then told Leonard, that I was going to the front
gate to open it & direct the ambulance to the scene of the accident. After taking the
paramedics to the scene & informing them it was a chemical burn they would be
treating. I then went back to the front office to search for a material safety data
& some personal effects that Chuck had asked for.
Mr. Jones, the superintendent arrived at the plant shortly after that & took command
of the rescue effort.
~to be continued~