Eight people fell ill on Wednesday due to toxic substances released during work at the Murdijk industrial park in North Brabant province. All were taken to hospital, one of them seriously injured. The Central and West Brabant Security Region initially reported five injured, but later adjusted that.
The incident was first reported to emergency services at 8:51 a.m., and two trauma teams with multiple ambulances, fire departments, police, and helicopters responded to the scene.
Toxic substances were released during work on GCA’s storage tanks. Employees of an adjacent company, Stolthaven, were also affected by the leak. The security regions still don’t know what the problem is.
It specifically concerns phosphorus trichloride, a colorless, fuming liquid used in the manufacture of pesticides. Phosphorus trichloride can affect the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, and if inhaled, can suffer from pulmonary edema.
The Safety Region could not yet say whether the substance should have been in the GCA tank.
The port and industrial area of Murdijk is located in Hollands Dieppe on the border with South Holland. Many chemical companies are on site. In June 2014, there was a massive explosion at Shell in Murdijk. The blow was felt in Utrecht and The House. The explosion was caused by an unexpected chemical reaction between substances in the reactor. Two people were injured. Shell was fined €2.5 million for failing to take adequate measures to prevent serious accidents.