On the morning of the 21st, a worker cleaning pipes at a chemical product manufacturing factory in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, was sprayed with sulfuric acid and four people suffered minor injuries to their backs and palms. Police and fire departments are investigating the situation.
Shortly after 21:11 a.m. on the 4st, the AGC Chiba Plant, a factory that manufactures chemical products on the Goi Coast in Ichihara City, reported to the fire department that "while cleaning pipes containing sulfuric acid, sulfuric acid leaked and caught the workers."
According to the fire department and the company, the four are male workers in their 40s and 50s who are treated at a hospital with minor injuries caused by sulfuric acid on their backs and palms.
According to the company, sulfuric acid leaked when four people were cleaning the piping used to receive sulfuric acid transported by ship into the tanks in the factory, and there was no impact outside the premises.
This plant manufactures chemical products using natural gas and other materials, and the police and fire department are investigating the situation in detail.
AGC stated, "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused, and will promptly investigate the cause of this incident and strive to prevent a recurrence."