Scotsburn employees treated in hospital for suspected noxious gas

Published on June 22, 2014

TRURO – Close to two dozen employees at the Scotburn facility here were treated for suspected noxious gas on Saturday.

The employees noticed a yellow haze before 8 a.m. within a specific area of the plant. They immediately evacuated and contacted 911.

As a precautionary measure, all 23 employees were assessed at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

According to a release from the health centre, emergency staff and physicians responded quickly, and there were sufficient resources to manage the inflow of patients.

Those in emergency prior to the incident were rapidly admitted to inpatient nursing units to make room for the incoming employees. Internal staff from other areas responded to assist emergency staff.

All 23 Scotsburn employees were released by 10 a.m., with none requiring admission.

The Department of Labour has been contacted and advised of the situation.

Scotsburn issued a release on Saturday as well, saying the company is working closely with the Department of Labour in completing its investigation.

Production at the facility has ceased until the department completes a final risk assessment.

With the Truro Fire Service and the HazMat Team responding, the source of the leak was identified. The HazMat Team was able to confine and control the leak to a specific area and employees were permitted back into the building at approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday.