04:59 pm, Wednesday 27 November, 2013
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At least three workers are in serious condition while others are injured following an accident at a dairy farm in Victoria.
According to initial news reports, the workers were trapped while working inside a water tank in a Cloverlea farm, near Warragul. They have suffered a reaction to the chemical contents of the tank.
Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 12:30pm today. The Herald Sun reported that two police officers and a paramedic were also hospitalized after suffering nausea.
Air Ambulance operations manager, Paul Holman, said it is believed the incident happened as one of the severely injured workers was cleaning inside the tank with ammonia.
“He was overcome, possible not so much by the fumes but by a lack of oxygen, while another two men were also overcome,” he said.
“As a result, we have three men who we’ve transported in three separate air ambulance helicopters to the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.
“The trio was very sick. Thankfully the quick intervention at the scene and the treatment they received from the MICA flight paramedics has got them to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
“Three other people were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken by road to Warragul Hospital. The remaining four also sought medical attention. Those who weren’t flown from the scene are thankfully all stable and more affected by the smell than the gas itself.
“They’re mostly suffering from nausea – it’s evidently quite a disgusting smell. Their symptoms of feeling unwell are mostly due to the odour and not the toxicity of the chemical,” said Mr Holman.