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Swimming Pool Chemicals Cause Thousands of Injuries

I recently came across a very interesting article regarding injuries caused by swimming pool chemicals.  According to a study published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, improper handling of pool chemicals resulted in over 28,000 injuries from 2002 to 2008.  The study included those injured in North Carolina.

Apparently, the most common cause of injury came from mixing incompatible products, chemical spills and splashes and a lack of protective equipment.  Researchers gathered data from the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

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Hudson, North Carolina Chemical Plant Blows Up - Causes Evacuation

On Saturday afternoon, a chemical plant in Hudson, North Carolina blew up causes an evacuation of approximately 750 nearby residents.  The plant, located in Caldwell County, North Carolina, is operated by Chemical Coatings, Inc.  It is not clear what caused the explosion.  However, it took multiple first responders several hours to control the blaze.

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If you or your family have been affected by this explosion and evacuation, call Hendren & Malone today.  The lawyers at Hendren & Malone have brought cases for evacuation related damages in multiple jurisdictions.  We were the attorneys for the residents of Apex, North Carolina who were evacuated in 2006 following an explosion at the EQ facility.  That case resulted in a $7.85 million settlement for the residents in a class action.

Alabama Chicken Plant Fined $52k For Ammonia Leak

In an interesting case, an Alabama chicken plant has been fined $52k for an August ammonia leak that sent 150 people to the hospital.  Anhydrous ammonia, which is used a refrigerant at poultry processing plant, apparently leaked from a pipe on the roof of the plant.  The plant is run by Millard Refrigerated Services of Omaha, Nebraska.  Click here for more.

This is a interesting and troubling case.  North Carolina is one of the leading poultry producers in the United States and ammonia refrigeration systems are likely used in virtually every plant.  Just a few weeks ago, there was a significant ammonia leak from a turkey processing plant in Raeford, North Carolina.  The lawyers at Hendren & Malone are currently evaluating claims relating to the Raeford incident.

Fuquay Varina Neighborhood Dealing With Water Contamination

As reported in an excellent story by the Raleigh News and Observer, a neighborhood near Fuquay Varina is restling with a contaminated water issue.  The neighborhood, called Northgate, has well water which has been found to contain high levels of tricholoethylene, a chemical compound used as an industrial solvent and known to be a carcinogen or cancer agent. The contamination apparently is coming from a former mill now owned by Guilford Mills. Click here for the story.