Forklift truck driver dodges acid spill at business park
THE DRIVER of a forklift truck narrowly escaped injury as it overturned whilst unloading goods from a lorry at Principality Plastics at the Goodridge Business Park this morning. (Wednesday)
Fire crews were called out to reports of a chemical spill at the plastics company after battery acid was leaking out of the overturned truck.
Two engines from Gloucester, one from Stroud and the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU), also from Stroud, attended the incident at 8.30am.
They found the forklift on its side and hydrochloric acid pooling next to the vehicle.
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After evacuating the business, which supplies UPVC products, the Environment Agency was informed and firefighters cleared up the spill using chemicals from the EPU.
A spokesman for Principality Plastics said: “Luckily the driver of the forklift was able to get out of the vehicle uninjured.
“The leak came from battery acid from the forklift truck as it rolled onto its side, rather than anything that was being transported.
“No one else was injured, these incidents are thankfully rare.”
The forklift was righted and the area was made safe by 10.30am.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “A chemical spill is a relatively rare occurrence, but we have to be fully prepared at all times.
“We have the EPU stationed in Stroud for that very reason and firefighters are trained to deal with environmental incidents of all sizes.
“Fortunately, this was a small spill that was dealt with very quickly and without further complications.”
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “This wasn't a routine incident, but it was one we are perfectly equipped to respond to in the county.
“I’m grateful to the crews that acted quickly and decisively to make the area safe.”