Sauder Schelkopf is investigating a liquid nitrogen leak that occurred at a Georgia food packing plant on January 28, 2020. According to a news report, at least six people were killed and three others were hospitalized in critical condition. Foundation Food Group Vice President Nicholas Ancrum stated “Preliminary indications are that a nitrogen line ruptured inside the facility.”
When liquid nitrogen is exposed to air then it can turn into a gas. According to Utah State University research, nitrogen has no warning properties because it is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and nonirritating. Humans possess no sense that can detect the presence of nitrogen. Although nitrogen is nontoxic and inert, it can act as a simple asphyxiant by displacing oxygen in air to levels below that required to support life. Inhalation of nitrogen in excessive amounts can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death. Death may result from errors in judgment, confusion, or loss of consciousness that prevents self-rescue. At low oxygen concentration, unconsciousness and death may occur in seconds and without warning.
If you or someone you know was harmed by the liquid nitrogen leak at Foundation Food Group on January 28, 2021, please contact the attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf by completing the form on the right or calling 888.711.9975.
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