Six hospitalised by ammonia leak at Grantham factory

Brakes at Gonerby Moor.
Brakes at Gonerby Moor.
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An investigation has been launched after six factory workers were taken to hospital following a gas leak.

South Kesteven District Council’s Environmental Health team is investigating the incident which occurred at the Brakes distribution centre in Palmer Road, just off the A1 near Downtown.

A factory worker who asked to remain anonymous contacted the Journal this week about the leak.

He said: “There was a major ammonia leak but no alarm was activated. Early in the evening a number of people started to collapse because of the ammonia.

“A fleet of ambulances arrived to take people to hospital.

“It turned out there was a crack in the pipe.

“There were a lot of people complaining about sore eyes and bad throats because of the effects of the gas.”

Lincolnshire Police was initially called to the scene of the incident which occurred on Wednesday, September 11. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said it had handed the case over to the Health and Safety Executive but it is now being investigated by SKDC.

SKDC’s operations director Ian Yates said: “The matter is under investigation and as this is ongoing we are unable to give any further detail at this time.”

A spokesman for Brakes said the company will work with SKDC’s Environmental Health team as it carries out its investigation.

A spokesman for Brakes said: “We can confirm that a small ammonia leak from a refrigeration pipe occurred at our Grantham depot on 11th September.

“The leak was traced and fixed within two hours of being discovered.

“As a precaution, six colleagues went to hospital having complained of feeling unwell and all were discharged from hospital.

“The relevant authorities have already been notified and we will be assisting them in any way we can.”