In an interesting case, an Alabama chicken plant has been fined $52k for an August ammonia leak that sent 150 people to the hospital. Anhydrous ammonia, which is used a refrigerant at poultry processing plant, apparently leaked from a pipe on the roof of the plant. The plant is run by Millard Refrigerated Services of Omaha, Nebraska. Click here for more.
This is a interesting and troubling case. North Carolina is one of the leading poultry producers in the United States and ammonia refrigeration systems are likely used in virtually every plant. Just a few weeks ago, there was a significant ammonia leak from a turkey processing plant in Raeford, North Carolina. The lawyers at Hendren & Malone are currently evaluating claims relating to the Raeford incident.