Acid Leak Sparks Emergency Alert Sulphuric Acid Leak 02.06.2008 A factory in the north of England had to be evacuated after a 500-gallon tank of sulphuric acid began to leak and chemicals entered the nearby drainage system.Firefighters were called to the premises of Holmes Hall Tannery in Hull and were forced to direct the spillage into interceptor tanks on site.The Environment Agency was informed about the incident after a fire brigade spokesman said there was "potential for environment damage" if the acid entered the nearby River Hull.Officials from utility company Yorkshire Water attempted to flush the sewers with water from the river and were monitoring PH levels.That the leak, caused by a collapse in part of the tank, was contained and the acid neutralised. Residents living near the factory were asked to keep doors and windows closed to avoid toxic fumes entering their homes."It was not dangerous, but there was an extremely unpleasant smell and for that reason people were asked to keep doors and windows closed," said Glenn Ramsden of the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. "Fortunately for us it's not a densely populated area, which worked in our favour."Copyright © PA Business 2008David Urpeth from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "Chemical accidents at work can pose a hazard not only to the workforce, but local residents and the environment."I represent many people, both workers and local residents who have been injured or killed following work accidents."Mr Urpeth represented over 75 workers and many residents who were injured in the 2001 blast at the Killingholme refinery when over 170 tonnes of liquid petroleum gas caught fire. Conoco-Phillips, who owned the plant, was eventually fined £1m for breaching health and safety regulations after the explosion at its Humber refinery. Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 19.06.2018The New Tax Evasion Facilitation Offence 19.06.2018Legal Challenge To Inadequate Care ‘A Wake-Up Call To The NHS’ 18.06.2018Family Of Former College Cleaner Appealing To Ex-Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Death 18.06.2018Family Law Team Ranked Number One 18.06.2018London Drives UK Tourism But Other Regions Attracting Attention 18.06.2018Omnichannel And Experiential 'Key To Retail's Future Success'