Two men sustained burns yesterday after one of them plummeted 40 feet into a vat of nitric acid and another jumped in to save him. Both were working a roof replacement job in Clifton, N.J., when the roof caved in, sending the first man into a tank containing the solution used to clean metal tubes. The second man dove in after without hesitation.
The first man was unconscious and suffered severe burns, while the hero suffered less severe injuries. An emergency crew airlifted them to St. Barnabas Medical Center, and three other employees that helped with the rescue were transported to the hospital as well.
Meanwhile, the construction site in being investigated for lacking the necessary permits.