Firefighters Respond to Acid Leak at Cedar Rapids’ Cargill Plant

Posted on Aug 15, 2011

August 15, 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Nearly 200 gallons of dangerous hydrochloric acid leaked from a truck at the Cargill corn-milling plant on Tuesday, August 9.

KWQC News 6 reports that the truck was delivering the corrosive substance to the plant's storage tank, around 7:20 a.m., when the leak occurred. Cedar Rapids Fire Department was called to the scene to help contain the leak by installing a cap at the intake valve.

Cargill workers built a dike to attempt to contain the acid to the immediate area and prevent further damage. Soda ash was applied by firefighters to neutralize the acid and stop the spill from endangering the rest of the delivery area.

A spokeswoman from Cargill, Nicole Reichert, said that they are investigating the cause of the leak, which happened at the intake valve. The truck company that made the delivery is being questioned at this time.

While this incident ended without injury, working with hazardous chemicals such as hydrochloric acid can create many health and safety risks to employees at plants such as these. It is important that your employer follows the OSHA standards for chemical safety and accident prevention to avoid the risk of serious work injuries.

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