Details Of The Georgia Food Processing Plant Accident

Details Of The Georgia Food Processing Plant Accident

The cause of the leak was not immediately known and was under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff, the Georgia State Fire Marshall and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Brackett said.

According to Hall County officials, the leak has been contained. "They're not in a profession that you would expect something like this to happen".

He added: "It'll take quite some time to determine the cause".

At least three of those injured at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville were reported in critical condition on Thursday. Ancrum said maintenance personnel, supervisors and managers were among the victims.

"Preliminary indications are that a nitrogen line ruptured inside the facility", Nicholas Ancrum, the vice president of human resources at Foundation Food Group, said in a news conference-calling the incident a "tragic accident".

Although liquid nitrogen appears to be harmless because it is non-toxic, it can become an asphyxiant because it can displace the oxygen in the air to risky levels. That means leaks in enclosed spaces can become deadly by pushing away breathable air, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

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Fire crews from Hall County and Gainesville responded to a report of burns at Prime Pak Foods around 10.12 a.m. Thursday, Zachary Brackett from Hall County Fire Services said. At least 130 workers were evacuated from the plant, some requiring medical assistance.

"Our hearts are broken hearing about the tragedy that took place at Prime Pak Foods", Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement.

According to the spokeswoman, five people were killed at the scene, while another died in the emergency room.

Five people died at the scene. They include three Gainesville firefighters and one Hall County firefighter who had respiratory complaints. By the time the first responders arrived at the site, numerous workers were already gathered outside the poultry plant.

One firefighter remained hospitalised late on Thursday.

"In non-union facilities, unfortunately, workers are left at the mercy of their employer and rely on an understaffed and underfunded safety agency for help". Workers move quickly to cut down meat products, putting them at risk for serious knife cuts, and heavy machinery can cause amputations and other serious injuries.

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