Valve breaks, seriously injuring worker

March 01, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

An employee at the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative in North Laurel was seriously injured Wednesday when a mechanical valve broke and ammonia was blown into his face, Howard County rescue officials said.

Dennis Wilson, 53, of Cordova in Talbot County, was in the intensive care burn unit of Washington Hospital Center yesterday. He was being treated for respiratory complications and severe burns to his head and face. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in good condition.

Rescue officials said Mr. Wilson was working on a ladder at the milk plant in the 8300 block of Leishear Road when the accident occurred. A state police MedEvac helicopter flew him to the hospital.

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