Accident Description

Accident: Georgia-Pacific Corp. Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning

Location: Location: Pennington, AL

Accident Occurred On: 01/16/2002 | Final Report Released On: 11/20/2002

Accident Type: Release

Investigation Status: The final report on this investigation was approved on November 20, 2002.

On January 16, 2002, highly toxic hydrogen sulfide gas leaked from a sewer manway at the Georgia-Pacific Naheola mill in Pennington, Alabama. Several people working near the manway were exposed to the gas. Two contractors from Burkes Construction, Inc., were killed. Eight people were injured--seven employees of Burkes Construction and one employee of Davison Transport, Inc. Choctaw County paramedics who transported the victims to hospitals reported symptoms of hydrogen sulfide exposure.