Chippenham chemical spill led to evacuation
1:52pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Latest News
ALL staff at a Chippenham factory were evacuated after a chemical spill on Monday morning.
About 250 litres of Chemosil 225 was spilt at DTR VMS Ltd in Bumpers Way, which supplies vehicle parts.
Staff arriving for the 6am shift discovered the liquid bonding agent escaping from a split pipe attached to a spray machine.
The ambulance service sent three crews as well as the Hazardous Area Response Team from Filton, but no one required treatment.
Three fire service crews were joined by an operational support unit from Swindon which carries decontamination equipment.
Two firefighters in breathing apparatus went in to retrieve a spill kit, which was then used by staff.
The leakage was contained within the building and the business was running as normal by 10pm on Monday.
Mike Franklin, operations manager at DTR VMS, said: “The incident was discovered just before 6am when the 6-2 shift started. It was caused by a split pipe.
“There were about 20 on site; when the alarm was raised all evacuated the building.
“Fire and ambulance services attended but nobody was given any medical treatment.
“The site was fully open by the start of the 10pm shift. Whilst the clean-up was going on employees were either sent home or transferred to our site at Trowbridge.”
Police were informed of the incident as it involved hazardous materials.
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