Racquet Club employee injured trying to stop chlorine leak; hazmat team called
An employee of the Racquet Club of Ann Arbor suffered chemical burns to his hands and arms after trying to stanch a leak from a chlorine storage tank at the athletic club Friday, the Ann Arbor Fire Department said.
The incident occurred around 3:11 p.m. Friday when a drain valve broke during maintenance, acting Battalion Chief Derek Wiseley said in a news release issued Saturday evening. The employee put his hands over the drain in an attempt to stop the leak while coworkers called 911.
Firefighters and the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team arrived and managed to temporarily secure the leak while they decontaminated and evaluated the employee. He declined treatment and sought his own medical treatment, Wiseley said.
Firefighters and hazmat workers later safely secured the leak.
AnnArbor.com left a message Sunday seeking comment from Racquet Club management. An employee said the pool opened for pre-season hours on Saturday and was open again Sunday.