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Worker Injured In East Rutherford Chemical Accident

Diamond Chemical, East Rutherford
Diamond Chemical, East Rutherford Photo Credit: James Wood Sr. for DAILY VOICE

UPDATE: A worker was severely injured when he was splashed with chemicals at plant in East Rutherford on Thursday, responders said.

The worker suffered injuries that included inhalation burns when he apparently was splashed by hydroflouric acid while hooking a hose to a vat at Diamond Chemical Company on Dubois Street off Union Avenue near Route 17, responders said.

A medical chopper flew him to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Diamond Chemical, which has a 150,000-square-foot complex on 12 acres, makes cleaning and sanitizing products for various industrial and institutional uses -- including laundry, housekeeping and sanitizing.

It includes what the company describes as a state-of-the art laboratory staffed by a "full complement of highly qualified chemists."

NOTE: The incident initially was incorrectly characterized as an explosion.

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