Refrigerant-grade ammonia is toxic and if leaked, it poses significant risks to the nearby public. Unfortunately, recent ammonia leaks have been making headlines. Here are five alarming stories from the past few weeks: 

1. 5 agencies investigate ammonia exposure death in Kamloops

“One man in his 60s died Thursday in an ammonia leak at the Arctic Glacier ice plant. If ammonia escapes in high enough concentrations, it can instantly freeze human tissue – including lung tissue if inhaled – killing someone in seconds.” Read more.

2. Carlsberg fined £3m for fatal ammonia leak

“Carlsberg has been fined £3m after refrigeration contractor David Chandler died and another was seriously injured following the ammonia leak at its Northampton brewery in 2016.” Read more.

3. Ammonia leak prompts evacuation at Vancouver community centre, school

“More than a dozen people needed to be treated at the scene of an ammonia leak in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of students were evacuated from Killarney Secondary School.” Read more.

4. Emergency crews called to ammonia leak at Winnipeg Jets training facility

“An ammonia leak forced the temporary closure of a training facility used by both the Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose Friday. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called to Bell MTS Iceplex.” Read more

5. Ammonia leak at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facility leads to citations

“In January 2022, an ammonia leak caused 50 workers to evacuate a Georgia poultry processing plant. According to a press release, two workers were hospitalized and one was treated on the scene.” Read more.