‘Ammonia Leak’ At Grantham Factory Leaves Six People Hospitalised

Environmental Health Experts Investigating Incident At Distribution Centre

20.09.2013

By Rob Dixon

An investigation has been launched after six people were hospitalised following a suspected ammonia leak at a Brakes distribution centre in Grantham.

According to the Grantham Journal, South Kesteven District Council’s environmental health team is believed to be investigating the incident at the site on the town’s Palmer Road.

A spokesman for Brakes confirmed the leak related to a refrigeration pipe and stated that the issue was fixed within two hours. The company added it was assisting relevant authorities in their enquiries.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist injury teams have vast experience in helping people exposed to harmful chemicals at work to gain justice and answers over such incidents.

Suki Chhokar, a Partner and expert in handling group actions at the national law firm, said: “It is worrying to see reports of this incident emerge and the focus will rightly now turn to ensuring that authorities work quickly and thoroughly to investigate how this happened.

“Exposure to harmful chemicals such as ammonia is not something which should be underestimated, as we have seen numerous cases where people have gone on to develop long-term health issues as a result of coming into contact with such substances.

“It is vital that lessons are learned from this issue, with the ultimate aim of preventing incidents like this occurring.”

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