Chemical Vapor Sickens 2 Workers, Prompts Evacuation Of Building

Kyle Andersen | Web Producer
Posted: 10:52 am EDT April 8, 2011
Updated: 4:41 pm EDT April 8, 2011

NESQUEHONING, Pa. — A chemical vapor sickened two people and prompted the evacuation of their coworkers Friday morning.

Police told 69 News that an ambulance was dispatched around 9:40 for the report of a sick man at Ametek on Route 54 in Nesquehoning, Carbon County.

Police said the ambulance crew arrived to find two men, both Ametek employees, having trouble breathing.

Police said the workers had just unloaded a container of maleic anhydride from a trailer backed up to the warehouse portion of the company’s building. Police said the compound came in contact with water in the trailer and released a vapor that sickened the workers.

Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment, but they were released a short time later.

Police said the building was evacuated for about four hours while firefighters and a hazardous materials team took care of the incident.

According to its website, the Ametek plant in Nesquehoning makes electric motors and electronic instruments.

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