Bayer worker transported after exposed to chemical

A worker in Institute is transported to a hospital Thursday after being exposed to a small amount of leaking sulfur dichloride, county emergency officials said. (WCHS/WVAH)

A Bayer worker in Institute was transported to a hospital Thursday after being exposed to leaking sulfur dichloride, county emergency officials said.

Officials said the transport was a precaution. The worker was exposed to a small amount of the chemical.

Officials say there is no public risk.

Bayer released the following statement on the incident:

A Bayer employee at the Institute site was splashed with a small amount of the chemical material sulfur dichloride when piping was being removed from a non-operating production unit. The worker went immediately to a safety shower where the water deluge rinsed off the chemical. The site medical department in a precautionary move had the employee transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation. The worker has since been released from the hospital. There was no risk from this incident to the site or the community. The safety of our employees and our neighbors is Bayer’s foremost priority always. We will be investigating this incident and take appropriate action to ensure such an incident does not recur.
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