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19 September 2011

Paramedics respond to second chemical burn incident in Johannesburg

After this mornings incident where 4 men suffered extensive injury in a suspected chemical explosion, JHB North paramedics were called to an incident where a young man was again burnt by a suspected chemical substance explosion. This time the incident happened in Strydom Park in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

According to people at the scene, the man was mixing some form of chemicals and they allegedly ignited and he tried to avoid the flames in his face and quickly turned away. Unfortunately, he was not quick enough to completely avoid the flames, and his back and arms were extensively burnt.

ER24 paramedics along with the Life Fourways Advanced Life Support Paramedic initiated treatment on the injured man. The ER24 Discovery Medicopter was called in to assist with transportation of the man to hospital due to the extent of the burns that he had sustained. He was airlifted to the George Muhkari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa where he will receive further treatment.

No one else was injured in the incident and it will need to be investigated by the Safety Officer of the factory.

- ER24