Ammonia leak in Ghaziabad meat factory sends three workers to ICU

The workers recognised the characteristically pungent smell immediately, as a result of which most were able to escape in time.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 19, 2014 1:22 am
A worker from the meat factory (above) in Sahibabad industrial area, Ghaziabad, admitted to a hospital. (Source: Gajendra Yadav) A worker from the meat factory (above) in Sahibabad industrial area, Ghaziabad, admitted to a hospital. (Source: Gajendra Yadav)

A gas leak was reported from a factory in Ghaziabad on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Around 28 people from a meat processing factory in Sahibabad industrial area, Ghaziabad, were rushed to the hospital. Police said three of them are currently in the intensive care unit.

According to police, the incident took place around 2 pm on Tuesday. “There were 200 people working in the factory. But 28 people, who were working in the processing unit, were closest to the gas leak and most affected,” a senior police officer said.

Police said the gas that leaked has been identified as ammonia. The workers recognised the characteristically pungent smell immediately, as a result of which most were able to escape in time.

“The workers were immediately rushed to a private hospital where they were treated. Only three of them continue to be in the intensive care unit. The rest are now out of danger,” the officer said.

Police said the cause of the leakage is yet to be identified and a probe has been initiated. According to ADM (city) Raksh Pal Singh, a notice had been served to the factory owners regarding the gas leak.

“We will be looking into the matter and proceedings have begun against the factory owners,” the ADM said.

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