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Worker attends hospital after chemical leak at car plant

100 litres of hydrochloric acid spilt from a container Credit: Oxfordshire County Council

A worker had to go to hospital following a chemical leak at a car plant in Oxford.

Fire and Rescue teams from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire were called to the BMW Mini plant in the early hours of Friday.

They cordoned off the area while they dealt with the incident, involving around 100 litres of hydrochloric acid spilt from a container. The car plant employee was assessed by medical staff on the scene after breathing in the vapour.

He was referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital for precautionary checks. Medical staff say he suffered no injuries. The man has returned to work.

At around 2am this morning a chemical leak was identified in one of our plant’s storage facilities. In line with procedure, our on-site emergency response team was notified and local emergency services were called to attend. No one has been injured as a result of the incident and production continues. Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service remain on site and are assisting to secure the affected area. A full investigation will be undertaken and the Health & Safety Executive have been informed.”

– Spokesperson, MINI Plant Oxford

We have worked closely with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service, Thames Valley Police and BMW emergency response staff to prevent the incident from escalating and maintain scene safety. We will remain on site until specialist teams arrive to take over and remove the chemicals."

– Will McPhail, Incident Commander


Doctor who suffered skin cancer warns others of the dangers

Lauren MacDonald never thought it would happen to her Credit: ITV news

As the summer season is upon us, a GP is warning others to protect themselves from the sun after she developed advanced skin cancer.

Lauren MacDonald says we should be taking much more care when heading to sunny locations on holiday.

Her comments are backed up by evidence found by ITV when we asked viewers to take a special skin care test.

Special UV lighting was used to highlight sun damage

Kylie Pentelow reports.

For more information on skin cancer, and Kylie's personal experience of the disease, click here

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