Spillage Case Studies

The following case studies show three different types of spillage that can easily occur:

Risk assessment is always the key to resolving spillage successfully. The direction of approach, use of the right PPE (personal protective equipment) and thinking before rushing in are just some of the factors covered on our spillage response course. We also offer an oil spillage course for companies handling non-hazardous materials.

Sewage barge spill

A barge carrying treated sewage has started to sink off Southampton, sparking environmental fears.

The Humber Star started taking on water at about 0400 GMT at the mouth of the River Itchen at Woolston and remains partially submerged on the jetty. Nobody was on board and 400 tonnes of diesel and sludge were being sealed and contained, said the operators.

An Environment Agency emergency team are at the scene. Booms have been placed in the sea to contain the waste. They were deposited after a nearby oil spill response centre was alerted.
Full story: BBC News

Cannock health club spill

Twelve people, including seven children, were taken to hospital after a chemical spillage at a health club.

Families using the pool at Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre in Cannock suffered breathing problems and irritation to the eyes and nose. Six ambulances were used as "mobile hospitals" to deal with 14 people during Saturday's incident.

The club said it had been caused by a "minor chemical spillage" in the plant room that feeds the swimming pool. A statement from the centre said: "Two different chemicals were accidentally mixed together."
Full story: BBC News

Leith oil spill

Streets closed off after dangerous oil spill

Four streets in Leith were cordoned off recently after an oil spillage. Union Street, Forth Street, Gayfield Street and Broughton Place were closed shortly after the incident at 8.30am, and re-opened around three hours later.

It is not yet known what caused the spillage which led to some vehicles in the area sliding on the surface. Council workers laid oil absorbent and gritted the roads.

A police spokesman added: "Officers attended at Union Street following reports of an oil spillage that was causing problems for traffic. Roads were closed while the council cleaned the area and were reopened by 11.40am."
Source: Scotsman.com

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Risk assessment is always the key to resolving spillage successfully. The direction of approach, use of the right PPE (personal protective equipment) and thinking before rushing in are just some of the factors covered on our spillage response course. We also offer an oil spillage course for companies handling non-hazardous materials.


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