Mercury Exposure Near Boron Sends 3 to the Hospital

mercury exposure near boron

BAKERSFIELD, CA (February 28, 2024)Three individuals were taken to the hospital following exposure to mercury near Boron, as reported by the Kern County Fire Department (KCFD). 


The incident occurred early Monday morning when KCFD firefighters responded to a medical emergency alert for someone exposed to a hazardous substance. The first responders, arriving just before 7:30 a.m., quickly identified mercury exposure as the cause.


The mercury exposure near Boron escalated to a hazmat operation, prompting the dispatch of the Kern County Fire Hazmat Team from Bakersfield. Initial assessments revealed that the exposure resulted from a significant mercury spill inside a vehicle. Following safety protocols, the affected individual was instructed to undergo self-decontamination, which involved removing contaminated clothing, thorough washing with soap and water, and changing into clean attire.


As a preventive measure, the patient, along with two other residents of the home, was asked to evacuate the premises to allow hazmat firefighters to conduct a thorough inspection. Dressed in protective suits and equipped with mercury vapor monitors, the team confirmed that all individuals had mercury levels below safety thresholds.


The patients were subsequently cleared for hospital transport for additional tests, while the home was deemed safe from contaminants. The Kern County Environmental Health took over the scene, arranging for a professional cleanup of the contaminated vehicle. The KCFD reported no injuries among the first responders involved in the incident.

For those facing similar hazardous exposures caused by someone’s recklessness and negligence, it’s crucial to seek immediate assistance. The Kern County personal injury attorneys at RTM Law Firm are equipped to handle cases involving exposure to dangerous substances, ensuring that affected individuals receive the support and compensation they deserve. Call us at (661) 402-3200.




    We Help Accident Victims File
    a Personal Injury Claim in California

    Our California personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury claims in several areas, including:

    ✔ Anaheim, CA
    ✔ Bakersfield, CA

    ✔ Buena Park, CA
    ✔ Chula Vista, CA
    ✔ Compton, CA
    ✔ Costa Mesa, CA
    ✔ Dana Point, CA
    ✔ Fountain Valley, CA
    ✔ Glendale, CA
    ✔ Huntington Beach, CA
    ✔ Inglewood, CA

    ✔ Irvine, CA
    ✔ Laguna Beach, CA

    ✔ Laguna Hills, CA
    ✔ Laguna Niguel, CA
    ✔ Long Beach, CA
    ✔ Los Angeles, CA
    ✔ Mission Viejo, CA
    ✔ Newport Beach, CA
    ✔ Orange County, CA
    ✔ Pasadena, CA
    ✔ Riverside, CA

    ✔ San Bernardino, CA
    ✔ San Clemente, CA

    ✔ San Diego, CA
    ✔ San Juan Capistrano, CA
    ✔ Santa Ana, CA
    ✔ Seal Beach, CA
    ✔ Torrance, CA
    ✔ Tustin, CA
    ✔ Visalia, CA

    ✔ Vista, CA
    ✔ Westminster, CA