Gironde: 14 injured, including 2 seriously, after an ammonia leak on a site classified Seveso high threshold

The leak, which generated an ammonia vapor cloud, occurred while loading a truck with liquid ammonia.

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An ammonia leak injured 14, including 2 seriouslyamong the employees of the Yara company in Ambès (Gironde), north of Bordeaux. The leak occurred around 9:45 a.m. on this site specializing in the production of high-threshold Seveso-classified fertilizer, when loading a truck with liquid ammonia, the Gironde prefecture said in a press release on Wednesday 23 March.

One of the injured was airlifted to the Bordeaux University Hospital, the 13 other injured were transported to the emergency services of the Bordeaux conurbation.

“Although the amounts of ammonia that leaked were limited in quantity, the ammonia vapor cloud that formed caused 14 injuries, 2 of them serious, all working inside the site at the time. of the accident”specified the prefecture, which adds that “Measurements taken around the accident site 30 minutes after it did not detect ammonia.”

About fifty firefighters from the emergency centers of Gironde whose teams specialized in technological risks, as well as the SAMU 33 intervened, further specifies the press release. “Labour inspectors and classified installations will follow the investigations this afternoon to determine the sequence of events”, he continues.

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