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UK chicken factory chemical spill kills two pest controllers

05 October 2018

Two pest controllers have been found dead at a factory in Norfolk following a suspected chemical spillage. Emergency services were called to the Banham Poultry plant in Attleborough in the early hours of October 4 after the exterminators were found close to the processing centre. Norfolk Constabulary said no one else was injured. 

Attleborough Station - Image: Wikipedia
Attleborough Station - Image: Wikipedia

A spokesman for the Eastern Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, three hazardous area response teams and an air ambulance were sent to the factory. “Despite the best efforts of all involved, two men died at the scene,” he said.

A spokesperson from Banham Poultry said: “We are deeply saddened and send our deepest condolences to their family and friends. We are working closely with the police and health and safety authorities to determine what happened, and are also conducting our own internal investigation.”

Train operator Greater Anglia said on the morning of October 4 that trains would not be stopping at Attleborough station, which is immediately next to the factory, due to the alleged chemical spillage. It said emergency services were in the area dealing with the incident.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) later confirmed that the pair worked for Ecolab Pest Elimination division, which is based in Cheshire.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation and are looking into the possibility of a refrigeration gas leak in an effort to determine whether it has any link with the men’s deaths.

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