A worker at an electroplating facility was injured in an accident at an electroplating production facility on Feb. 21 at around 5:30 a.m., according to reports from the Philadelphia Fire Department. It is reported that roughly 30 gallons of nitric acid leaked out of a 55-gallon drum inside of a warehouse on the 5100 block of the Tacony neighborhood. The employee was taken to the hospital after the incident and listed in stable condition.
Workers were in the process of moving the drum when a hose attached to the top of it came loose. An employee was splashed in the face with the acid. Crews were dispatched to contain the leak and clean up the remaining acid. The highly corrosive liquid is commonly used to make explosives and fertilizers. At the factory in question, it is used to add chrome to bumpers.
The case was to be investigated by the marshal. Working around hazardous materials poses a risk and can result in factory accidents if employers and workers do not follow safety protocols. It is also possible that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation to determine if the accident could have been avoided.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says that workers should report injuries to supervisors as soon as possible after the injury is suffered and that a delay could result in lost workers' compensation benefits. These benefits include the cost of medical care as well as a portion of wages that were lost due to having to miss time at work because of the injury. If a worker's claim is denied, he or she may attempt to file a petition until three years after the date of the injury.
Source: The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, "Workers' Compensation & the Injured Worker," 2014
Source: NBC10.com, "Worker Splashed in Face With Acid", Dan Stamm, February 21, 2014