Hazmat on job after second spill

FOR the second time in three days a Hazmat crew has responded to a chemical spill on the Coffs Coast.

A Coffs Harbour fire crew and hazardous materials unit were called to the Country Energy Field Service Station on Thompsons Road yesterday to clean up a sulphur spill.

They responded at 1pm after two 24 kilogram bags of common sulphur were inadvertently punctured by a forklift.

Coffs Harbour Fire Station senior officer Mark Rose said no one was evacuated because the spill occurred in an isolated area, with no one but the forklift operator around.

“The forklift worker was lightly contaminated but we decontaminated him and cordoned the area off and staff were instructed to stay clear until it was cleaned up,” Mr Rose said.

“Sulphur can be dangerous if inhaled and can burn the eyes, skin and lungs but in this instance there was no need to evacuate anybody.”

Hazardous material specialists were also called to Woolgoolga High School on Monday after a ‘yellow powdery substance’ was found in the office area by the school’s cleaners. The students were given the day off.



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