Shopping Center Evacuated: Employees and Customers Feel Sick after Smelling Gas

A recent article from gazette.net reported that a Giant Food Store was evacuated after multiple customers and employees (approximately 14 all together) complained about feeling sick and having trouble breathing after smelling gas within the building. Six of the sick individuals, two Giant customers and four employees, were taken to local hospitals in Maryland for evaluation. According to the article, no gas leak was discovered on the premises and officials are still not sure what made the individuals sick.

After evacuating the building shortly after the several reports of people feeling ill, a hazardous materials team responded and investigated the possibility of a gas or Freon leak. However, these possibilities were cancelled out, with no other explanation discovered or provided. As a safety precaution for people within close distance to the area in question, police temporarily closed off certain access points to the shopping center where the Giant Food Store is located. Many other surrounding businesses were also evacuated and others were left to make their own determinations whether or not to evacuate.

A spokesman for Giant Food Store released the following statement: “The store manager became aware that a couple of our customers became ill and some of our associates reported feeling ill, and immediately evacuated the store…obviously the safety and well being of our customers is our number one priority.”

Although many workers throughout the United States are injured or even killed while on the job due to hazardous work environments, employees who work within businesses in a shopping center are not typically as prone to this risk. Chemical dangers can relate to a wide-range of substances that, if not properly contained or poorly handled, may cause serious internal and external injuries to those exposed. The workplace chemical exposure attorneys at Anapol Weiss understand the severity of such chemical exposure due to an employer’s negligence and are dedicated to assisting injury victims receive the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured while on the job due to toxic or chemical exposure, contact Anapol Weiss for a free consultation. Call 866-735-2792 today.

Source article: http://www.gazette.net/stories/11102009/montnew165954_32594.shtml

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