Workplace Injury Experts Call For Investigation To Determine Cause of Gas Leak
Workplace illness experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell say it is crucial to identify the cause of the leak as soon as possible to reduce the risk of repeat incidents after a man in his 40s has died, and 22 others are in hospital following an ammonia gas leak at a Carlsberg factory.
Emergency services were called to the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton town centre at 12.30pm on Wednesday after reports of an industrial accident.
A total of 22 people; including 11 factory staff, two police officers, and nine firefighters were taken to hospital.
Northamptonshire Police said a man in his 40s has died, and a 51 year-old man working on the site remains in a serious but stable condition.
Julian Momen, Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg UK, told media the company was working with the authorities to undergo a full investigation including Northamptonshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive.
Irwin Mitchell has represented victims of illness in the workplace as well as the families of those who lost loved ones in recent major workplace incidents including an explosion at Bosley Wood Flour Mill and the collapse of the power station buildings at Didcot.
Alex Shorey, a Workplace Illness expert at Irwin Mitchell, said:
Expert Opinion“Our thoughts are with the individual’s and their families who were involved in the incident.
“We have represented many families who have sadly lost loved ones who have died in accidents whilst at work or who have died later in life as a result of previous working conditions.
“Northamptonshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive must find answers as to why the gas leak happened as soon as possible to ensure an incident like this never happens again. All workers should be able to go to and from work every day without facing risk of illness, injury or worse.
“This incident is a reminder of why health and safety laws are so important and need to remain a forefront priority for the government and all employers, as it is their duty to look after the individuals who are working for them.”
Alex Shorey - Associate Solicitor