One dead and five injured by caustic soda being used for cleaning work

An aerial photograph of Chempark Dormagen

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Around 9500 people work at the Dormagen ChemPark site across dozens of companies

One worker has died and a further five seriously injured at ChemPark in Dormagen, Germany on 9 December. The park’s operator, Currenta, reported that the serious incident involved sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) being used for cleaning work.

Three employees of one of the park’s resident companies and three rescue workers were involved in the incident. One of the employees died from their injuries at the scene. The cause of the incident is unknown.

Currenta operates three ChemPark sites – in Dormagen, Krefeld-Uerdingen and Leverkusen. In July of this year, a solvent tank explosion and fire in a waste disposal area of the Leverkusen site killed seven people and injured a further 31.