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Two people hospitalised after chemical reaction north of Sydney

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Ten people were evacuated from a warehouse in Somersby.

Two people have been taken to hospital suffering from chemical exposure after a workplace incident north of Sydney.

Initial reports suggested up to 40 people have been exposed to a chemical substance, but 10 had to be evacuated from the warehouse on Pile Road, Somersby, west of Gosford.

The reaction caused a large vapour cloud at the facility. Paramedics assessed several patients and three suffered from throat irritation, watery eyes and coughing, NSW Ambulance said.

Multiple people have suffered chemical exposure at a workplace in Somersby, NSW.

"The issue with chemical exposure is you have no idea what you are dealing with before arriving at the scene," Inspector Greg Wiggins, Duty Operations Manager, NSW Ambulance said.

"On top of that, when you hear 40 people have been exposed, it can become quite tense and stressful and you start thinking about the best way to manage a scene that can be really chaotic.

"Paramedics moved quickly to get through the crowd and assess as many people as they could - they did a fantastic job.

"Often, it is scary for us as we have the potential to be exposed to the same chemical – we have to ensure we are safe and protected to be able to provide the best possible care for those who are exposed.

"Whether you think you need it or not – always let us assess you. We have no idea of how much damage is actually being done to your body. It's our job and we want to do everything to help," he said.

Source: 9News

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