Man Jumps Into Vat of Acid To Save Co-Worker
Created: 2012-05-07 16:55 EST
A picture of Swepco Tube LLC in Clifton, NJ (swepcotube.com)
A construction worker fell 40 feet into an acid tank in New Jersey, suffering severe burns before his co-worker jumped in to save him.
The two were working on roof repairs at Swepco Tube LLC in Clifton, NJ when the roof collapsed underneath them. One of the worker's fell into a vat of 40-70 percent nitric acid. The other jumped in to pull him out.
The second man also suffered from burns, but they were less severe.
The man who fell in, identified as a man in his 40s, was unresponsive when rescued. He was airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center. The other man was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical center with “serious” burns on his legs and abdomens, according to fire officials.
“It takes a lot of courage. He saw one of his coworkers in trouble and he jumped in after him,” Fire Chief Vince Colvitti told northjersey.com.
Three other employees were also taken to the hospital.
There seems to be many heroes in Clifton. In April, Newark Mayor Cory Booker saved a woman from a burning building on his way to his Clifton home.