16 workers in Batangas sugar cane factory hurt over toxic chemical shower | Inquirer News
Close  

16 workers in Batangas sugar cane factory hurt over toxic chemical shower

/ 03:46 PM April 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Sixteen workers inside a Batangas sugar cane factory were injured after a toxic chemical was poured accidentally into the water system that burned their skin.

Police Inspector Marry Anne Torres, Batangas Police Provincial Office Information chief, told INQUIRER.net in a text message Saturday that the incident happened at 7 p.m Friday at the Central Azucarera Don Pedro in Barangay (village) Lumbangan, Nasugbu.

ADVERTISEMENT

The victims, all residents of Putat village, were: Hernando Caraig, Joemart Barrio, Rommel Vecinal, Edwin Sanchez,  Jason Caraig, Avelino Malarayap, Marvin Dela Cruz, Dexter Caraig, Noriel Caraig, Jeffrey Barion, Albert Caraig, Ariel Caraig, Arnel Caraig, Lester Caraig, Leandro Caraig, and Jun Unas.

As of posting time, nine were discharged from the Western Medical Center in Balayan municipality.

FEATURED STORIES

The police report said a certain Mario Dela Cuesta controlled two cylinders in the system, one containing water while the other, caustic soda used for cleaning.

Torres said the workers were cleaning the interior of the steam pipe, where water sprinklers were continuously open.

While all the victims were inside the pipe, the water sprinklers suddenly showered the workers with caustic soda that burned their skins.

Police added that Dela Cuesta may have accidentally turned on the valve containing the toxic liquid.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Accidents, Batangas, Calabarzon, caustic soda, Central Asucarera Don Pedro, Central Azucarera Don Pedro, chemical, Injuries, Nasugbu, Philippine National Police, PNP‎, Police, Police Regional Office, toxic
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.