Charlotte, North Carolina work accident involves chlorine explosion at public swimming pool

Two employees were injured in a Charlotte work accident after a chlorine explosion at an east Charlotte swimming pool, Channel 9 reported.

As we reported on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, hazardous chemicals are a common cause of serious and fatal work accidents.
Chlorine is one of those chemicals in common use, in both industry and households, yet it can be extremely hazardous, even fatal, if handled improperly.

“If you put the wrong chemical in the wrong environment in the wrong place, a lot of things can happen and an explosion is entirely possible,” Charlotte Battalion Chief Phil Bosche told the news station.

It was the second time in less than a week that a resident was seriously injured in a chlorine explosion. A separate incident involved the 12-year-old daughter of a Channel 9 producer and required that the girl be airlifted to the hospital with chemical burns.

The dangers of chlorine is one reason Mecklenburg County’s public swimming pools have automatic chlorine pumps. It is unclear whether the public pool where the accident occurred is equipped with the automatic equipment. The county health department said it was sending out a safety reminder to all pool operators in the county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides pool chemical safety advice, including:

-Always read the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
-Complete necessary training and education.
-Keep chemicals secure and away from children and animals.
-Follow proper chemical storage instructions.
-Respond immediately to chemical spills.
-Read labels and follow directions.
-Keep chemicals in original labeled containers.
-Use appropriate protective gear.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of North and South Carolina, including Charlotte, Concord, Lenoir and Lincolnton.

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