OSHA Still Investigating Fatal Poultry Leak in Georgia

The agency said it has received a complaint about the existence of hazards that it will address.

A Hall County firefighter leaves following a liquid nitrogen leak that killed six people at Prime Pak Foods, a poultry plant on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Gainesville, GA.
A Hall County firefighter leaves following a liquid nitrogen leak that killed six people at Prime Pak Foods, a poultry plant on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Gainesville, GA.
AP Photo/John Bazemore

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is actively investigating an incident at Foundation Food Group Services in Gainesville where a liquid nitrogen leak killed six workers on Jan. 28, 2021

OSHA is also investigating reports of an ammonia release that occurred on March 11, 2021. Employees who work at the Gainesville site may contact OSHA at 770-493-7725 confidentially if they have facts that might assist the agency as it gathers information related to both incidents. 

OSHA has received a complaint about the existence of hazards and will address the complaint in accordance with its complaint and referral processing policy. OSHA works closely with local community groups through its Compliance Assistance Specialists to build trusting relationships with workers and their families to ensure a thorough investigation.

“OSHA is working methodically to complete its investigation and we want to hear from Foundation Food Group Services’ employees to ensure safe operations for all who work there,” said Acting Area Director Condell Eastmond in the Atlanta-East office, which has jurisdiction over the inspection.   

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