UPDATED: Titchfield factory which was evacuated after a chemical spill is now operational again

The emergency services at Eaton in Titchfield after a spill of hydrochloric acid ''Picture: Jason Kay

The emergency services at Eaton in Titchfield after a spill of hydrochloric acid ''Picture: Jason Kay

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A FACTORY which had to be evacuated after a chemical spill is now back to normal.

The incident happened today shortly before 3pm at aerospace company Eaton, in Abbey Works, Southampton Road, Titchfield.

Ben Bryson, UK operations manager at Eaton, said: ‘We had a chemical release at our Titchfield site in our treatment shop area.

‘This release was fully contained in our facility.

‘We worked closely with the emergency services and with our employees, who were evacuated.

‘Both the fire and the ambulance service, who were there as a precautionary measure, did a fantastic job.

A hydrochloric acid spill caused 250 workers to be evacuated at Eaton  in Abbey Works, Southampton Road today

A hydrochloric acid spill caused 250 workers to be evacuated at Eaton in Abbey Works, Southampton Road today

‘We will complete a thorough investigation and take the appropriate action and learn the lessons to make sure this does not happen again.’

Mr Bryson said the hydrochloric acid was used in the manufacturing process of aerospace fuel systems to treat and harden metal components.

He said that all the factory’s safety measures worked to contain the liquid in a safety bund and that the facility was back in operation.

Mr Bryson added: ‘Nothing was released. It was all contained. Safety is our primary concern and we are operational again now.’

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was called, and a spokesman said: ‘We were called at 2.57pm to Abbey Park to deal with a spill of hydrochloric acid from a container.

‘We are looking to see the extent, however nobody was hurt.’

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said that a team of more than 10 people had been sent out, including an ambulance crew, two ambulance officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

She said that 12 people at the site were assessed, but none needed to be taken to hospital.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary confirmed that officers had been sent out but that there was no risk to the public and that the incident had caused no transport issues.

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