Friday, August 14, 2009

Another ammonia leak, two hurt this time

By AUSTIN CAMOENS

JOHOR BARU: Two foreign workers have been hospitalised after inhaling ammonia that leaked from a faulty refrigeration system in an ice factory in Tampoi here.

The incident occurred Friday when a faulty pipe leaked the noxious gas into the factory in Jalan Mangga.

Larkin Fire and Rescue Department hazardous materials response team (Hazmat) operations officer Mohd Shahari Noor said they received a call about the leak at about 5.30am.

“Two fire engines and a Hazmat truck were dispatched to the scene,” he said.

Mohd Shahari said that the firemen discovered both workers, in their 20s, struggling to breathe at the scene.

He said both have been sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here for medical treatment.

Mohd Shahari said that it took his team approximately six hours to dissipate the ammonia at the factory.

He said the cause of the leak was still under investigation.

On Tuesday, six people were killed and three others hurt after inhaling ammonia gas at a jetty in Tanjung Karang in Selangor. - The Star.

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