After a nitrogen leak at the tech firm’s flagship factory, two workers have died and there have been at least five people injured, with one in a critical condition. The accident occurred at LG’s display factory in South Korea following a nitrogen leak. It has been reported that one of the workers died at the scene and the other died on the way to a medical facility.
There were also at least five other individuals, who were also staff and or contractors, which have been injured in the incident and one of these people is in a critical condition.
It is understood the leak happened in the early hours of Monday morning at the technology firm’s factory in Paju, north of the capital Seoul. The workers involved were working on renovating the ninth floor of the factory. This is the area that makes liquid crystal display (LCD) screens for a number of household gadgets, including television sets.
According to reports by fire crews, one of the workers might have inadvertently opened a nitrogen valve in the LG factory. The company has said in a statement: “We send our most heartfelt condolences and apologies to the deceased and will do everything in our power to help the injured recover as quickly as possible.”
Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. It is the country’s second industrial nitrogen accident in a short period of time. Last month three workers died at the Shingori 3 nuclear reactor in Ulsan.
Nitrogen makes up 80% of the Earth’s atmosphere but it can cause asphyxiation when it is inhaled in its purer form. Because Nitrogen is colourless and odourless, it makes it very difficult to detect.