Canadian Manufacturing

Chemical burns send worker from Royal Canadian Mint to hospital

Treated at scene for exposure to mix of chemicals, including silver nitrate; taken to hospital

OTTAWA—A 22-year-old worker at the Royal Canadian Mint is in stable condition after suffering first-degree chemical burns to his eyes, face, ears and the back of his neck.

Ottawa paramedics got the call to the mint just before 8 a.m. Jan. 20.

The man was treated at the scene for exposure to a mix of chemicals, including silver nitrate, and was taken to hospital.

Paramedics say although his wounds are considered mild, burns caused by chemicals can continue to affect the exposed area for several hours after the initial contact.

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