Worker dies in ammonia refrigeration leak

USA: A worker died at a massive ammonia leak from a refrigeration system in a Boston seafood processing warehouse yesterday evening. Reports say the male worker was found in a stairwell at the Stavis Seafood plant in Channel Street, in the Seaport district of South Boston, after firefighters responded to an emergency call at 5.55pm local time. Around 5,300lb (2,400kg) of ammonia was released before the main valve was shut off by the Boston Fire Department Hazmat response team at around 9.20pm. It was reported that there were about five or six people in the facility at the time of the leak, which occurred at the end of a shift. Boston Police closed several roads in the area, told local business workers to stay inside and asked pedestrians and motorists to avoid the scene. The worker has not yet been named and an investigation behind what caused the leak is being conducted by fire investigators, Boston police and the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. Established in 1929, Stavis Seafoods has been previously cited for safety violations involving the ammonia refrigeration system at the Channel Street plant. In 2009, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed over $47,000 for 15 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards at the plant. The 15 violations were later reduced to six, and the penalty was dropped to...

A-Gas launch a new mobile friendly website for engineers

 A Gas Makes Finding Refrigerant Data Easier on New UK Website ​Refrigerant experts, A Gas, have a new website which will help engineers find refrigerant data more easily. A Gas Group Brand and Marketing Manager, Hayley Russell said: “The new UK site has a supplier link for all refrigerants which allows engineers on the road to find their local A-Gas supplier quickly and easily. It’s very user friendly and distributors can login directly to their own online portal to assist with the task of cylinder fleet management. “The new UK website directly links to a system supplying Material Safety Data Sheets for all our products. In addition to this, our resource centre also allows users to download best practice guidance for cylinder storage and handling – and pressure temperature charts for our refrigerants – making them more accessible for engineers on the road.” ​ Regulatory information has its own zone on the website too to help engineers keep up to date with refrigerant law, as well as health and safety...