A worker at Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery suffered severe burns from an accident involving caustic soda yesterday.
The West Australian reports that the man was admitted to the burns unit at Royal Perth Hospital after a spill in the precipitation area at the refinery.
Caustic soda is used at the site to extract alumina from bauxite in Alcoa’s Bayer Processing System.
“Two inspectors from the department’s Resources Safety Division were on site yesterday to commence an investigation,” Simon Ridge, a Department of Mines and Petroleum spokesman, told The West Australian.
“Alcoa reported the incident as required and is also conducting a full internal investigation.”
The worker is reported to have lost sight in his left eye.