People Hurt Following Business Park Chemical Spill

Expert Calls For Investigation Into Incident In Kent


An injury expert at Irwin Mitchell has called for an investigation to be carried out into a chemical incident at a Kent business park which led to 16 people being hospitalised.

Emergency services, including hazardous materials experts, were called to Crossways Business Park in Dartford after reports emerged of the incident on Friday (June 10th).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that ammonia had been contained at the site while, as well as those taken to hospital, a few other people were treated for chemical inhalation at the scene.

Commenting on the case, Katrina Elsey, a public liability claims specialist at Irwin Mitchell, said it was clear that answers are needed over the incident.

She outlined: “We only know a few details so far on what happened, but that makes it even more important for authorities to work quickly to determine what caused the spill and how people were hurt.

“Through our work representing a number of people who have fallen ill after coming into contact with hazardous materials, we have seen the serious long-term health impacts that exposure to dangerous chemicals can lead to.

“Lessons need to be learnt in relation to this incident and clear evidence is needed that safety standards are being improved as a result.

“It is also vital that information gathered in this case is shared with other business parks in order to ensure workers and the general public are well-protected from potential dangers.”