Lorry driver suffers burns in HKL gas leak incident

Lorry driver suffers burns in HKL gas leak incident

KUALA LUMPUR: A lorry driver suffered burns on his left hand following an oxygen gas leak incident at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) engineering block here, at 6 pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department’s Operations Centre said 17 firefighters from the Titiwangsa Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) and Jalan Tun Razak BBP rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call.

“Upon arrival at the location at 6.13 pm, it was found that there was an oxygen gas leak outside the HKL engineering block and a cloud of white smoke filled the scene.

“It is believed the connection pipe from a 7,000-litre tanker truck containing oxygen gas supply had leaked while work to fill the oxygen supply to the tank was carried out,“ the spokesman said in a statement yesterday.

A hazardous material (HAZMAT) team managed to close the leak on the pipe and cleaning work has been carried out, read the statement.

The injured lorry driver was sent to HKL’s emergency unit for treatment, it added.

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