Long Beach Chemical Leak Harms 12 Dockers
A score of dockers were injured after a container aboard a container ship calling at the Port of Long Beach leaked a noxious chemical, according to KTLA 5 News.
Containership Harbour Bridge, owned by Japanese shipping company Fukujin Kisen, had berthed at Long Beach Pier G before a leaking container onboard the vessel came to the attention of personnel.
A tweet from the Long Beach Fire Department on August 6, 2017 said that the incident occured at 9:27 am.
9:27am. Haz Mat Incident: 6,000g container leaking unidentified substance causing 12 injuries, 11 ship workers & 1 FF. 2 transports pic.twitter.com/09p4q6iIXz— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@lbfd) August 6, 2017
Twelve dockworkers suffered minor injuries after exposure to a chemical which was later identified as propyl acetate, which may cause serious eye irritation, eye damage and dizziness.
One of the injured dockworkers and a firefighter who had fallen were treated at the hospital.
Personnel sealed off a 150 feet perimeter as Long Beach Fire rescue boats came to assistance and the container was removed from the ship, shown in the below tweet from Long Beach Fire Department.
Precautionary measures being taken to protect environment: 1000 ft boom perimeter being established. LBFD LG rescue boats assisting pic.twitter.com/0JO2lD3emy— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@lbfd) August 6, 2017
The hazmat team from the Long Beach Fire Department and members of Patriot Environmental Laboratory Services are cleaning up the spill, the US Coast Guard Said.