A man in his forties has been partially burned in a workplace accident at Berkeley this afternoon.
Emergency services arrived at the scene around 2.30pm after reports of a chemical explosion and a man suffering burns at Buckley's Plant Maintenance on Brady Street, an NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.
Four crews were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival paramedics treated a 49-year-old man for burns to about 10 per cent of his body including his arms, neck and chest.
He was transported to Hospital in a serious condition
"Arriving at a scene where a patient is suffering severe burns is very intense - your mind tends to race until you get to them and see the extent of the injuries," NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Chief Inspector Norm Rees said.
"The main concern would be if the patient had any airway involvement, because that creates fairly rapid onset of swelling, which can cause breathing problems and essentially the airway to close over.
"No matter what, never transport anyone suffering burns directly to hospital without cooling the area first - this can be extremely dangerous as the longer you wait to cool the burn, the worse it the injury can become.
"We urge people to make sure they run the burn under cool water immediately, but definitely not ice, and if it is a large area of burns, maybe run a shower.
"The idea is to take the heat out of a burn."
More to come.