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In year since Foundation Food Group nitrogen leak, grief, litigation, and the plant sold

Photo by Scott Rogers/The Times Two Hall County Firefighters enter a back door Jan. 29, 2021, at the former Foundation Food Group in Gainesville, Ga. A day earlier six people were killed following a liquid nitrogen leak at the plant.

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By Nick Watson

The Times

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A year has passed since six workers died by asphyxia from liquid nitrogen exposure inside Foundation Food Group.

Shortly after the shift began Jan. 28, 2021, the odorless and colorless liquid nitrogen started to displace the oxygen in the room after a freezer malfunctioned.

Three maintenance workers walked into the freezer room and were “overcome immediately” by the exposure to the nitrogen, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Those maintenance workers and two others died immediately. A sixth worker died en route to the hospital, according to OSHA.

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