Two hospitalised following chemical incident at Cork pharmaceutical firm

Third man who came into contact with chemical substance at Janssen Sciences in Ringaskiddy was treated at scene

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Three people had to receive medical treatment following an incident at pharmaceutical firm Janssen Sciences in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

The three came into contact with a chemical substance at approximately 5.15pm on Friday. They were initially treated at the scene by emergency first responders.

Two men were taken to Cork University Hospital but were later discharged. The third person did not require hospital treatment. The National Ambulance Service, gardaí and two units from Carrigaline fire station attended at the scene.

The incident is being investigated and the Health and Safety Authority has been notified.


In a statement, Jansson Sciences said: “The safety of those working on our site is paramount. Three individuals were treated at the scene by Janssen first responders.”

Part of Johnson and Johnson, Janssen has operated in Cork since 2005, manufacturing treatments for a range of illness including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and multiple myeloma.

Janssen’s connection with Ireland stretches back to the early 1980s. The company has two manufacturing sites in Cork and a commercial operation in Dublin.

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