ROADTOWN Tortola BVI, February 7th, 2013 - The Fire and Rescue Services Department has reported that the chlorine leak incident at the Baugher’s Bay Desalination Plant, which interrupted the services of the Water and Sewerage and Public Works departments, resulted from an accident.
The event which took place at approximately 9:00 a.m. caused the forced closure of the departments for over three hours.
According to the report from Station Officer Melvin Jeffers, “One of the lines connected to the chlorine cylinder which is set up automatically to give the proper dosage of chlorine in the water was observed to be leaking and an employee of the plant tried to fix it. The tank was not turned off fully when he attempted to correct the problem so when he tried to detach the hose it blew and caused the chlorine to spill out. The officer then turned off the tank.”
Mr. Jeffers further stated that a thorough investigation was conducted on the premises to ensure that the problem was contained and that the danger was eliminated.
Acting Director of Water and Sewerage, Mrs. Perline Scatliffe Leonard told the Department of Information and Public Relations that the employee was taken to the hospital for observation following the incident to ensure that he was not adversely affected as a result of the incident.”
Mrs. Scatliffe Leonard also spoke of the need to ensure that the proper safety equipment is used at all times when handling hazardous materials. “We will be reviewing our safety equipment to make sure that they are up to standard and that our employees wear these protective devices when handling such materials.”
The Ministry of Communications and Works is committed to maintaining the Territory’s public infrastructure.
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