Man hospitalised after Alcoa Pinjarra refinery accident

A worker at Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery suffered
severe burns from an accident involving caustic soda yesterday.

The West Australian reports that the man
was admitted to the burns unit at Royal Perth Hospital after a spill in the
precipitation area at the refinery.

Caustic soda is used at the site to
extract alumina from bauxite in Alcoa’s Bayer Processing System.

“Two inspectors from the department’s
Resources Safety Division were on site yesterday to commence an investigation,”
Simon Ridge, a Department of Mines and Petroleum spokesman, told The
West Australian

“Alcoa reported the incident as required
and is also conducting a full internal investigation.”

The worker is reported to have lost sight
in his left eye. 


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