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UPDATE 3.35pm: A MAN has died from chemical exposure after a pipe carrying a toxic substance burst at a large factory in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Three workmates and a workplace nurse desperately tried to save the man in his mid-50s at the Nufarm farm chemicals factory in Laverton North, after he collapsed in decontamination shower and suffered a cardiac arrest.
Paramedics and MFB officers donned protective gear before they too unsuccessfully tried to revive the man.
It is understood the man was exposed to a fatal dose of molten phenol, a chemical used in the manufacturer of farm pesticides at the Pipe Rd plant.
Police said the man was working on an exterior pipeline when the pipe connection failed, spraying him with the toxic chemical about 11.15am.