Company Charged after 154 Worker Overcome by Toxic Vapors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) - Federal authorities have cited a Theodore company with 16 alleged health and safety violations in connection with an August ammonia leak in which 154 workers were overcome by ammonia vapors.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations involving Millard Refrigerated Services Inc. in Theodore on Tuesday.

The government is proposing total penalties of $52,500.

In August 2010, anhydrous ammonia leaked out of a 12-inch pipe located on the roof of the Millard Refrigerated Services facility, due to hydraulic shock within the pipe.

The 152 workers from several companies went to the hospital for ammonia vapor exposure, 31 were admitted and four were placed in
the intensive care unit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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