Seven workers taken to hospital after Oswestry chemical spill

By Jonny Drury | Oswestry | News | Published:

Seven workers were taken hospital following a chemical spillage at a waste paper plant in Oswestry.

Five fire crews, West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance crews were scrambled to Oswestry Waste Paper, on Maesbury Road, at 3.15pm, on Thursday.

Seven members of staff were taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after the chemical became airborne.

Five people were kept in an isolation unit overnight and were released this morning after further tests.

Neil Clarke, managing director of Recycling UK, which owns the Oswestry Waste Paper depot said the chemical had been inside a bale of waste paper which arrived on the site from a third party supplier in Birmingham.

He said: "A chemical substance was inside a bale of waste paper, and it had escaped and become airborne and affected seven staff.

"Five were kept in hospital overnight, but they were deemed to be okay this morning."

Mr Clarke confirmed the Health and Safety Executive is now investigating how the chemical got into the recycling system.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.


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