Workers exposed to “unknown substance” on Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 9.45 AM | FOUR people have been rushed to hospital, one in a serious condition, following a reported hazard chemical spill at a workplace on the northern Gold Coast today.

Multiple emergency crews rushed to a pet food factory on Lahs Road in Ormeau just after 8.00am, following reports a number of workers had been exposed to an unknown gas.

Queensland Ambulance Acting Senior Operations Supervisor Damian Gonzalez confirmed to myGC that twelve people were assessed by paramedics at the scene.


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One man, aged in his 30s, was treated for significant respiratory symptoms before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

The man was transported with the assistance of the High Acuity Response Unit and a Critical Care paramedic.

Three other workers have been taken to Logan Hospital in a stable condition.

Queensland Fire and Rescue crews, including scientific officers, remain on scene working to determine exactly what the spill is.

There are no further details available at this time.

EARLIER @ 8.40 AM | EMERGENCY crews have rushed to a workplace on the northern Gold Coast following reports a number of people have inhaled an unknown substance.

The incident is understood to have happened at a location on Lahs Road in Ormeau just after 8.00am.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC that three crews are currently on scene, whilst another two are en-route.

Three workers are being treated for mild respiratory concerns, while one person is believed to have moderate respiratory concerns.

“Three individuals are being assessed for respiratory complaints following exposure to an unknown gas,” QAS said.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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