A Mobile-area chicken plant was cited last month for 16 alleged health and safety violations and fined $52,500 for an ammonia leak that sent more than 150 people to hospitals last summer and negatively affected area residents. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations against the Omaha, Neb.-based Millard Refrigerated Services Inc., which operates a plant along an industrial canal in Theodore that freezes and ships chicken.
Anhydrous ammonia, which is used as a refrigerant, leaked out of a 12-inch pipe on the roof of the facility in August. The vapors sickened workers at the Millard plant and at a site across the canal that was being used during the cleanup of the BP oil spill. According to OSHA, Millard failed to properly:
OSHA says that it inspected the Millard plant in Theodore in January 2007 and issued citations for safety violations. In 2008, according to OSHA, similar violations also were cited at Millard’s North Carolina plant.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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