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Posted on October 8, 2015 by

Ammonia Leak Sends Eight to the Hospital

Accidents happen at work often. Millions of employees are injured on the job every year, some of those being fatal. A workplace injury can cause not only medical problems, but financial problems, as well.

An ammonia leak at a recreation center’s ice rink has sent eight people to the hospital. The recreation center was evacuated around 11 am on September 15 when a line to an ammonia tank broke while contractors worked in the area. The leak was confined to one room, but caused three firefighters, one city employee and four contractors who were working on the building to be sent to St. Mary’s Hospital and Mercy Medical Center to be treated. In response to the leak, hazmat officials came in to clean up the problem and the ice rink was closed for 48 hours.

Exposure to harmful or toxic substances is one of the most common workplace injuries reported each year. Other common injuries include:

  • Transportation accidents
  • Falls, either on level surfaces or from heights
  • Fires or explosions
  • Repetitive motion injuries or carpal tunnel

Even if you have already filed a workman’s compensation claim, an experienced attorney on your side can be beneficial. Let them investigate your claim and figure out if you’re entitled to compensation.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a work related accident, call your St. Louis workers’ compensation attorneys and let us help you today.