A MAN was rushed to hospital and an industrial estate was evacuated after a chemical spill at Carole Park yesterday.

The worker at the Dunlop Foams factory on Mica St was exposed to the toxic chemical 2,4-Toluene diisocyanate (TDI).

He was decontaminated and rushed to hospital for emergency observation. He condition was not believed to be life threatening.

According to Durack fire station commander Tim Clark, the man was an employee of the company and had been attempting to decant the chemical when the spill occurred.

"During that process a spill happened, he was contaminated with that product, which had eventuated in this current situation," Mr Clark said.

"The product at the moment is a toxic combustible liquid.

"It's a respiratory hazard. As a consequence all of our workers working in the immediate area are wearing protective equipment."

Mr Clark said the man had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

"The employee that was contaminated with this product was decontaminated on site and was transported to hospital by Queensland Ambulance Service. It is not a life threatening injury at all, it's just for observation."

Fire services contained the spill through a neutralising agent and a film of foam to keep it from spreading.

TDI is used in the production of polyurethane products. It is extremely toxic with acute conditions caused by short-term exposure and chronic conditions from long-term.

A large area around the spill site was evacuated by fire and police services from the morning until about 3.30 yesterday afternoon.

Police redirect traffic away from Mica Street (not visible) to the Formation Street roundabout at Carole Park.
Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Police redirect traffic away from Mica Street (not visible) to the Formation Street roundabout at Carole Park. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter


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