Nitrogen leak at LG factory kills 2; injures 4

A logo of a LG Display is seen outside its factory in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. LG Display said two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at the factory. LG Display Co. said in a statement Monday that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not long after midday at the factory. (AP)

LG Display said two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.

“There was a nitrogen leak at the LG Display P8 Plant in Paju, Korea, at 12:43pm KST [7:43am UAE time] on January 12. The incident occurred during regular maintenance and repair of equipment at the Gen 8 production line,” LG Display Co. said in a statement e-mailed to Emirates 24|7

The firm said that of the six the victims, “three were employed by subcontractors and the three were LG Display employees,” and were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred.

“Tragically, two workers died and four were injured, one of them seriously. The injured workers are being treated at nearby hospitals,” the firm said. 

The factory where the accident occurred manufactures LCD screens for large-size televisions.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and the injured workers. LG Display will fully cooperate with the local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that such an awful accident is never repeated,” the company said while expressing regret over the deaths.

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