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Students suffer smoke inhalation after fire at recycling plant

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Students suffer smoke inhalation after fire at recycling plant

By Achara Wisetsri 
The Nation 
Rayong

 

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Twenty students were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation on Friday after a fire broke out near their school at a recycling plant in Rayong's Nakhom Pattana district.

 

The students, who had difficulty breathing, felt light-headed, were nauseous and vomiting, were rushed to Nakhom Pattana Hospital. 

 

Late on Friday, 16 of the students were being treated at the hospital and four had been sent home, hospital director Dr Komon Phuthawornsap, said.

 

The fire started at 10am in a 500-tonne pile of rubber and other material at the outdoor yard of the factory which sorted materials for recycling in Soi Nong Wa of tambon Map Kha.

 

Twenty fire engines tackled the flames which sent thick black smoke over Nikhomm Wittaya School, nearly five kilometres away.

 

The school director temporarily closed the school and sent pupils home after some 20 students became ill.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364578

 

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Well done headmaster(director) in closing the school and sending pupils home before any more became ill.

Best wishes to them for a speedy recovery from inhalation of toxic fumes.

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Hmm, cancer much?

Slightly off topic but i think cigarette lighters should be banned. Good way of fixing the pollution problem. Its basically illegal to smoke now so why not? No more rubbish burning.. argh.. would be great.

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My observation of the conditions of the recycling plants I have seen, can only be called disgusting.

No protection for the material being recycled, no personal protective garments (not even gloves) for those working there.

Is there any insurance or monitoring for the workers affected by smoke/etc after these incidents?

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