NEW YORK A
chlorine leak at a scrapyard in North Carolina sent nine people
to the hospital.
"We took in a tanker
from a company we have been doing business with for a number
for years," Kenneth Lagonia, chief executive officer of
Charlotte, N.C.-based Gilbert Iron & Steel LLC, told
AMM. "We were assured there were no toxic materials of
any kind. We tried to open the hatch but it was rusted and
there was no window. Only after we were assured the tanker was
empty did we cut into it. What we found was that it was loaded
with chlorine gases."
Fire crews responded
immediately and the leak was contained within 90 minutes,
"A couple of our
employees did not want to go to the hospital, but I insisted
they did," Lagonia said. "Everyone has since been
Lagonia declined to
give the name of company that supplied the tanker. "I have
multiple calls into them but I have yet to receive a call
back," he said. "They took their problem and made it ours."