2011 April: Nambour (Qld). Road workers hospitalised.

Seven Treated after Chemical Spill

Sunshine Coast Daily 14 April 2011

A CREW of seven road maintenance workers had to be treated in hospital for exposure to a dangerous pesticide which spilled out of a dumped drum.

The men were working an overnight shift on the Bruce Highway near the turn-off to Keel Mountain Road at Nambour yesterday.

It is not known how the chemicals spilled on the roadside but it is understood the men where doing excavation-type duties.

A Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman said six of the workers presented to Nambour General Hospital from about 4am.

Firefighters were called in to erect decontamination showers outside emergency and helped doctors to inspect the severity of the men’s injuries.

They were suffering from minor irritations such as pain and swelling of the eye.

The spokeswoman said another man presented himself to Royal Brisbane Hospital about 6am after completing his shift.

Fire crews removed the pesticide drum from Keel Mountain Road and made sure the site was safe.