Tragic Accident Involving Ammonia Leak Kills Worker in Georgia
GEORGIA- Mooresvilletribune.com writes that a man died late last week in an incident involving an ammonia leak at a warehouse in Georgia. The worker, identified as a 35-year-old man from Woodstock, Georgia, was a sub-contractor working for a cold storage company. Another worker also sustained injuries in the accident.*
The company released a statement following the tragic event claiming that they take safety and all mandated federal regulations seriously and that they will be working closely with investigators. Hazardous Material Response Teams arrived on the site following reports of the leak and remained into the evening to monitor the air quality. The levels were not high enough to cause concern to residents living near the worksite. Emergency crews stayed at the warehouse into the weekend, working to mitigate that leak. Locals were told to avoid the area as a precaution.
The Iredell County Sheriff says that his office is working in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the cause of the leak.
Ammonia is a colorless gas that can cause poisoning if breathed in, swallowed, or if it comes in contact with the skin in large amounts. The gas is used for a variety of industrial purposes including agriculture, manufacturing of plastics, and refrigerant gas. When a person breathes in ammonia, it causes corrosive damage to the individual’s cells. High levels of ammonia in the air will lead to burning in the eyes, nose and throat. The consequences of high-level exposure include blindness, damage to the lungs, and death. No antidote exists to treat ammonia poisoning, but it usually is possible to treat the effects.
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Source:https://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/local/man-who-died-in-ammonia-leak-at-local-warehouse-identified/article_9545629c-3497-11ea-b3a8-4b684a98be6c.html and https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002759.htm and https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/ammonia_general.htm
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