Chemical accident at N.C. poultry plant caused by ammonia leak

This week, a chemical accident occurred at the House of Raeford poultry processing plant in Raeford, North Carolina.  Officials from the company say that they noticed a leak at 2:30 P.M. on Wednesday and while attempting to repair it, another leak occurred.  About 6,000 pounds of ammonia were released from the plant in the chemical accident causing one worker to go to the hospital and 800 people living nearby to evacuate.

The poultry producer has come under harsh criticism in the past years for their working  conditions and ability to evade strict fines from the N.C. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  This week’s accident makes the third chemical accident at a House of Raeford plant in the past 8 years.  Exposure to ammonia can cause serious, and even somtimes fatal, respiratory complications.

If you or someone you love has suffered respiratory complications from exposure to a harmful chemical due to unsafe working conditions, contact the Raleigh lung diseases attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 today.