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Two KC Water workers injured in lime accident

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-15 23:07:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two workers at Kansas City’s Water Treatment Plant received chemical burns during a Sunday morning accident involving a lime shaker.

An excessive amount lime came in contact with water and the employees were burned by the lime slurry.

One employee was treated and released at the hospital. The other is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days, according to a spokesman with the city’s water department.

Lime is added as part of KC Water’s water-softening process.

“Safety is part of KC Water’s culture and all accidents are taken very seriously,” a statement from KC Water said. “This accident will be reviewed to avoid such occurrences in the future. We are grateful the situation wasn’t worse and we will support our employees and their families as they recover.”

According to the statement from KC Water, the employees "are in good spirits."