Chemical leak at Scarborough factory sends one to hospital
Firefighters rushed to the scene of an industrial accident in Scarborough on Sunday morning, after an explosion occurred and an employee suffered burns to his legs.
The call came in at 7:37 a.m. from Digital Specialty Chemicals at 470 Coronation Dr., near Manse Road.
Capt. David Eckerman of Toronto Fire told CBC News that when firefighters arrived on scene, they found one employee who had been "covered in a black substance."
Firefighters then set up a decontamination area, where they removed the substance from the person who was contaminated.
The employee who was exposed to the chemical was transported to hospital.
Seven other employees were examined at the scene by paramedics, but they had no medical issues.
Eckerman said the explosion was contained inside a room at the facility. Firefighters were venting the air inside the building and planned to let people back into the building once it was safe to do so.
According to Eckerman, the incident involved a chemical known as cyclotentadiene.
The fire marshal will investigate the incident because there was an explosion. The Ministry of Labour will also investigate because it was an accident at a workplace.
The Digital Specialty Chemicals website indicates that the company supplies chemicals to specialty markets, as well as to the pharmaceutical and semiconductor markets.