Worker Injured In East Rutherford Chemical Accident

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

Diamond Chemical, East Rutherford

Diamond Chemical, East Rutherford

Photo Credit: James Wood Sr. for DAILY VOICE

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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