Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home > Topics > Hazmat
August 07, 2014

14 hospitalized in R.I. recycling plant hazmat

Workers suffered headaches, heart palpitations, skin irritation and breathing problems when a container holding an unknown chemical when through the shredder

The Associated Press

JOHNSTON, R.I. — A recycling facility in Johnston has been evacuated and some workers have been taken to hospitals after fumes from an unknown chemical were released.

It happened Wednesday morning at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., when a container holding the unknown product went through a shredding machine.

Officials say workers complained of headaches, heart palpitations, skin irritation and breathing problems.

Fourteen people were sent to hospitals.

Associated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Firefighters from Johnston, North Providence and Warwick are on the scene.

Comments
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of EMS1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
Andrea Urban Andrea Urban Thursday, August 07, 2014 7:03:25 AM Hmm. 2 different families disposed of bleach and ammonia on the very same day.

EMS1 Offers

We Recommend...

Connect with EMS1

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google+

Get the #1 EMS eNewsletter

Fire Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
Enter Email
See Sample

Online Campus Both

Hazmat Videos