Man suffers chemical burns in work accident

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A bizarre call that started as a possible explosion, but ended with one man rushed to the hospital.

The first call that came in was for an explosion at Industrial Drive near Sycamore in Knoxville. That turned out to not be true, but the United DMS building was evacuated.

The company recycles silver from film, like X-rays.

Local 8 News arrived right as the ambulance was pulling out to take the victim to UT.

The Knoxville Fire Department says while working, he was exposed to a combination of sodium hydroxide and lime. It's comparable to battery acid.

"It'll burn your skin in a short time of exposure. He was exposed to this when we got here on scene, they had already put him in the shower to try and rinse some of that off, which is the process for this to try and get where you've been exposed, get that off the skin as soon as possible," said Capt. DJ Corcoran, with the Knoxville Fire Department.

The victim suffered second and third degree chemical burns from his shoulders down.

Captain Corcoran said they had no idea at this time, but United DMS will investigate what happened.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 203509871 - local8now.com/a?a=203509871
Gray Television, Inc.