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Man falls into acid tank, co-worker jumps in to rescue

May 09, 2012
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CLIFTON, N.J. -- A roofing contractor fell 40 feet through a roof and into a vat of acid in northern New Jersey and a co-worker jumped into to save him Monday morning, a fire official says.

The men were working on the roof of a manufacturing plant in Clifton, N.J., when a section of the roof collapsed and the first worker fell through, landing in a tank of nitric acid solution used in making tubing, Clifton Fire Chief Vincent Colavitti told The Record.

His co-worker went in to help him. Three others also rushed to help pull out the first victim at Swepco Tube LLC, a manufacturer of metal tubes.

The first victim was fully submerged in what was described as a 40- to 70-percent solution of nitric acid, according to The Record.

Clifton fire officials said the case is under investigation.

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