Chlorine gas leak: Worker diagnosed with pneumonia


IPOH: A male worker at a chemical processing plant here has been diagnosed with pneumonia after inhaling chlorine gas following a gas leak incident at the factory yesterday.

Perak Health director Dr Juita Ghazalie said the worker was now being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB), here.

“The factory worker is placed on a ventilator. Other vital signs like blood pressure and heart pulse are normal.

“We gave him muscle relaxants and put him to sleep,” she said via the WhatsApp application today.

Dr Juita said a fireman who suffered fatigue while conducting neutralisation work on the chlorine gas was reported to be in stable condition.

She said the fireman was now being treated at a normal ward at HRPB but would still be under observation.

In the 10am incident yesterday, a ferric acid tank at the factory producing alkaline chloride solution in Kampung Baru Bukit Merah, Menglembu, here, fell and broke, causing the liquid to mix with hypochlorite in the pipes, thus producing chlorine gas.

The incident caused six firemen to suffer from fatigue after carrying five tonnes of sodium to neutralise the chlorine gas.