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Poisonous sodium cyanide spills at Port of Brisbane – leaving one injured

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Man rushed to hospital after 20 tonnes of potentially deadly sodium cyanide spills from damaged shipping containers

  • An employee has been taken to hospital after a deadly chemical leak in Brisbane
  • Sodium cyanide spilled onto Patrick’s Wharf about 7.50am on Wednesday
  •  Specialist firefighters dressed in hazmat suits arrived on the scene to clean up

An employee at the Port of Brisbane has been rushed to hospital after 20 tonnes of potentially deadly sodium cyanide spilled from damaged shipping containers.

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A 200m exclusion zone has been set up around Patrick’s Wharf as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers work to contain the leak.  

About a dozen crews were called to the scene at 7.50am on Wednesday following reports of an incident at one of the leased berths.

Specialist firefighters dressed in hazmat suits arrived on the scene with breathing apparatus to investigate the poisonous chemical. 

One man was injured in what Queensland Ambulance Services have described as a ‘workplace incident’ and taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

He remains in a stable condition.

Ambulance services remain on standby at the wharf, which is leased off the Port of Brisbane.  

A QFES spokesman confirmed scientific teams were also investigating the substance. 

‘They do have a lot of crews out there, and scientific officers are there, and they will determine what it is,’ the spokesman said.

Police and ambulance crews also attended as a precautionary measure.

A 200m exclusion zone has been set up around one of the berths as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers work to contain the leak

A 200m exclusion zone has been set up around one of the berths as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers work to contain the leak

A Queensland Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia a clean up was underway.   

‘We were just there for safety, to keep everyone away.’

The Port of Brisbane is ‘miles away from everything else,’ and there is no further risk to the public, a source close told Daily Mail Australia. 

It is not yet clear how the dangerous chemical spilled from the containers, and an investigation is underway. 

Early reports suggest the two containers may have fell from a ship and onto the wharf, according to 9News. 

The Port of Brisbane is 'miles away from everything else,' and there is no further risk to the public, a source close told Daily Mail Australia

The Port of Brisbane is ‘miles away from everything else,’ and there is no further risk to the public, a source close told Daily Mail Australia

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