Carlsberg worker remains in serious condition following fatal gas leak at Northampton brewery

Production has stopped at Carlsberg today as a joint investigation continues there.
Production has stopped at Carlsberg today as a joint investigation continues there.
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Production remains on hold at Northampton’s Carslberg brewery today while a worker continues to recover in hospital following a gas leak.

At around 12.30pm om Wednesday (November 9) emergency services were called out to the factory in Bridge Street, following reports of an ammonia leak.

A worker there - a man in his forties who has not yet been named - was killed in the tragic incident, while a 51-year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Today Carlsberg say that worker remains in a “serious but stable condition.”

A further 10 people working on-site, and a further 11 members of the emergency services, were also taken to hospital on Wednesday and subsequently released.

Today a Carlsberg spokesman confirmed that production is still on hold to allow police and fire officers to continue their investigation on the site.

The specific location of the incident within the brewery will remain under the control of the authorities until the investigation is concluded,” the spokesman added.

Chief executive officer of Carlsberg UK, Julian Momen, said: “It’s only a matter of days since we were all affected by the tragic incident at our brewery.

“Our thoughts remain with the families of all of those impacted.

“We are continuing to offer everyone concerned the support they may require. We are now focusing on assisting the authorities with their investigation so that we can understand what happened.

“We have also put in place the necessary plans to re-start aspects of production on the site, but we will only do this at the appropriate time and in a controlled manner. We will continue to provide further updates as matters progress.”

Carlsberg says a “site recovery plan” is in place while plans are also in place to source beer from within the wider Carlsberg Group for the UK market.

A post-mortem of the worker who was killed is due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday).

Eyewitnesses also saw ambulances entering and leaving the factory with flashing sirens on Thursday, the day after the leak.

A further cordon was placed around the factory and a canal path running alongside the River Nene at around 1pm the same day, prompting fears the leak was more widespread.

But Northampton General Hospital has now confirmed that no further patients have been admitted to accident and emergency from Carslberg, since November 9.

The brewer says the site poses no health risk to anyone in the surrounding area.