Two construction workers sustained burns after one of them fell into a tank of nitric acid from 40 feet above, and the other jumped in to save him.

The men were working on a roof replacement job at Swepco Tube in Clifton when the roof gave in. Martin Davis fell into a tank with a 40 to 70 percent nitric acid solution used for cleaning metal tubes. His co-worker Rob Knucols immediately jumped in after him.

Emergency services arrived shortly after and rushed both injured men to Weasel Brook Park, where they were airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center. Three additional employees who were at the scene and assisted in the rescue were also transported to the hospital.

According to local fire officials, the construction is under investigation for lacking the necessary permits.


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