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Six workers suffocate after falling into factory’s chemical tank in Karachi, Pakistan

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Six workers suffocated on Saturday while trying to clean a chemical tank of a garment company’s factory near Naurus Chowrangi in the SITE Industrial Area.

After receiving information that some workers were trapped in a chemical tank, police and rescue workers from different welfare organisations arrived at the factory and took the six victims to a nearby private hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival.

Their bodies were later taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where a medico-legal officer examined them and confirmed that the six workers had suffocated. Police said that the tank of the garment factory was

full of chemicals and the workers had been trying to clean it when they lost consciousness.

They added that according to their preliminary investigation, the six workers had suffocated due to a poisonous gas because the tank contained a chemical substance.

Officials said that the tank was approximately 50 feet deep and it was half filled with chemicals, adding that one worker had initially climbed down the tank to clean it, but he fell unconscious there.

They said that according to their investigation so far, one of the workers had apparently fallen into the tank and then the others followed him while trying to save him. They added that they are conducting further investigation to confirm how the unfortunate incident occurred.

Police said the were identified as Ramesh, Boora, Ghairdari, Kashan, Naseeb and Shoaib, adding that the incident had occurred in the wee hours but it was brought to their families’ notice after they reached the factory to inquire why they had not returned home all night.

Their families also held a protest and blamed the factory management for the incident. They said that a case should be registered against the factory administration, whose negligence had caused six deaths.

They also said that machines are now available for cleaning chemical tanks because of the presence of poisonous gases, but factory owners use their workers for the purpose to save money. They demanded that the government ensure an efficient labour inspection mechanism to address the problem of poor occupational safety & health conditions in the industrial sector.

SHO Ayaz Khan said that the statements of the factory’s owner and management as well as witnesses are being recorded, adding that a case would be registered if any criminal element is found or if the families of the victims ask the police to register a case. This is not the first such incident to have occurred in Karachi.

Several workers have lost their lives in similar incidents. On December 4, 2015, the owner and seven workers of a pickle factory in Korangi’s Darul Islam Society had suffocated after falling in a chemical tank.

On November 20, 2015, three workers of an oil company in the Bin Qasim area had suffocated while cleaning a tank. On May 15, 2016, five workers had suffocated at a factory in the Korangi Industrial Area.

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#Chemical incident at #JaguarLandRover in #Solihull, #UK

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One person was taken to hospital and 28 others required treatment after a suspected chemical incident at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) sent its hazardous area response team to the scene on Sunday after several members of staff complained of feeling unwell following the application of floor sealant.

The workers were instructed to leave the site near Birmingham and remove their outer clothes in case of contamination, with Birmingham Live reporting that some had to be “hosed down”.

Posting on Twitter, the WMAS team said: “Our team alongside senior ambulance officers and ambulance crews responded to a suspected chemical incident at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull. Twenty-eight people were assessed and given advice at the site, with one person being transported to hospital with minor symptoms.”

Most of those who were assessed were said to have started feeling better once outside in the fresh air, with the crews having carried out its “remove, remove, remove” guidelines.

That involved telling those affected to get out of the immediate area, take off their outer clothing if affected, and remove any sign of the substance from their skin.

Signs of exposure to a hazardous substance can include odd smells and tastes, unexplained skin, eye or airway irritation, nausea, vomiting, twitching, sweating, disorientation and breathing problems.

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#Children Rushed to Hospital Due to #ChemicalLeak in #SwimmingPool’ in #Letterkenny, #Donegal, #Ireland

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A large number of children have reportedly been taken ill at an Irish leisure centre due to a suspected chemical leak in the swimming pool. Several emergency services vehicles have been seen outside the Aura Leisure Centre, in Letterkenny, Donegal.

Three children were rushed to hospital, while another 50 to 60 were treated on site after the incident, Donegal Daily reports. One mother told the publication how her son had been diving in when they first spotted a ‘dark fluid’ coming into the pool under the water. She said: ‘Kids were screaming and running around. Some dark brown fluid came in the pool and the staff took them out.

‘Kids were sick, coughing and vomiting. The kids were all shaking and scared.’ Around 100 people were evacuated from the leisure centre. The mother said she was told to go home with her children, but said others were taken to hospital. The area has now been closed off to the public.

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Chemical Spill Causes Entire Evacuation Of Workers At Nova Chemicals Site In Corunna, South Of Sarnia, Canada

A chemical spill hydrogen sulphide leak forces a complete evacuation at the Nova Chemicals site in Corunna, South of Sarnia, Canada

Chemical haze warning along Sussex coast near Eastbourne, UK

People are being warned to avoid beaches and keep doors and windows shut after an “unknown haze” drifted in off the Sussex coast.
Up to 50 people at the cliff tops and beach at Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, reported irritation to their eyes and throats just before 5pm.
“This seems to have been caused by an unknown haze coming in from the sea, but the source has not yet been established,” said Sussex Police.
Some people vomited as a result of breathing in the “haze”, said Sky News reporter Katerina Vittozzi.
Emergency services cleared the area around Birling Gap and told people living along the Eastbourne coast to avoid beaches and shut their windows and doors.
Two lifeboats were sent to the area in case anyone was trapped on the beach.
A RNLI spokesman said a “plume” had drifted in bringing “some sort of substance” with it.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the effects of the haze were also being reported as far as Bexhill and towards Hastings.
Sussex Police Operations Chief Inspector Bruce Matthews said just after 10pm that the “exact nature of this haze cloud” was “still not confirmed” but investigations were continuing.
Witness Mark Battershill told Sky News: “The haze is pretty bad – it’s coming in.
“Eyes are streaming, I’m at home now with my family, we’re all sitting here and the tears keep running, stinging eyes, sore throats.”
Mr Battershill was at Eastbourne’s harbour when the haze came in: “I was speaking to a colleague of mine and said ‘my eyes are really streaming’.
“I looked around and he was the same and we’re all saying ‘what is this?'”
He said some people were complaining they could not breathe properly.
Another witness, Jonny Gould, tweeted: “I am about four miles along the Sussex coast from #Birling Gap. The smell of plastic is strong in the air and my eyes are irritated.”
He told Sky News there was a visible haze in the air.
Sameer Jadhav tweeted: “Birling Gap some weird gas leak. People crying. Ambulances called. Don’t go to Birling Gap at the moment.”
Many businesses in Eastbourne have also closed, with a sign at the local McDonald’s saying it had shut due to a “chlorine gas leak”.
The main area affected stretches several miles from Birling Gap to the famous cliffs at Beachy Head, and to the Sovereign Harbour on the eastern fringes of Eastbourne.
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