Contractor injured working at treatment plant

New London - An independent contractor hired to paint the floor at the city's wastewater treatment plant was injured Monday and rushed to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

Police and fire officials are investigating the incident which "appeared to be a chemical burn related to an accidental discharge,'' police said.

The accident occurred about noon at the plant on Trumbull Street in Fort Trumbull.

Barry Weiner, chairman of the Water and Water Pollution Control Authority said he could not disclose the nature of the injuries because the incident is under investigation.

"Unfortunately a contractor working was injured and is receiving treatment,'' he said, adding that "at no time was the public in any danger."

The unidentified worker was admitted to the hospital, according to spokesperson from Veolia Water North America, which operates the plant.

"Our number one concern is for the safety of the public and the people we employ, and we take this incident extremely seriously,'' a statement from Veolia read. "We are currently determining the cause of the accident and an investigation is under way."

The city's fire department did not have any other information about the incident Monday.

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