Ammonia Leak Causes Workers To Evacuate At Nestle

An ammonia leak forces everyone inside the Nestle Plant in Mount Sterling to evacuate.

It happened around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters say most employees have been sent home and those that were scheduled to come in were turned around.

Just before 8 p.m., emergency crews rushed to the scene; fearing a repeat of an explosion at the same plant just last month.

This time it was an ammonia leak on the roof.

Montgomery County Fire Major Tony Clayton says a visible plum could be seen over the building.

He says 20 or so employees were evacuated, and the plant's haz-mat crew took care of the situation with no one breathing in the ammonia.
The plant still hasn't recovered from last month's explosion, stating that many workers have not returned while repairs are made.


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  • by doesn't matter Location: ky on Sep 22, 2007 at 04:51 AM
    I have read over 45 comments many of them lashing out at Dave or asking him to care about our safety well if I were you I would stop posting comments becouse it is plain to see that he still don't care if we live or die just as long as his wallet is not empty but maybe it is not 100% his fault he has a boss too and he has to do what they tell him as we do what we are told becouse we have families to feed I am sure his family needs to eat too but I feel he could do more for us it is not just hot pockets they are dealing with it is our lives too it has been over 3 months and there are still leaks and and other issues Dave you told me persanally that we would not be kept in the dark anymore and we would all be notified if there were any more leaks well that was a lie why is important to keep things so hush hush? just for us to find out later and get even more upset to find out that our lives were in danger and we didn't even know we don't have a chance to get out if we don't know
  • by uknown worker Location: mt sterling on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    im tired of the way we are being treated day shift wrokers told us their doing away with one of there lunch breaks 2nd shift is next that where we we used to get to 30 mintue breaks now its going to be one and 2 15 mintue break thats great dave we dont have any help one person has to do 2 people job barley get go to the bathroom and now your takeing our other 30 mintue break away like we aint tired enough you preach about safety well its going to go down hill 15 mintue breaks hu lines 7,6,8 might well not even it to us we are so far of from the breakroom by time we got it would be over we are not robots we can not run the lines 9 to 10 hrs a day to just make you look good for youre boss tell him to come to factory nestle family company yeah right why has the real owner never showed his face there even with leaks and explions news team heres a ? why hasnt anyone from main office come to the factory to see whats going on
  • by nestlewroker Location: mt sterling on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM
    they are firing everyone at work we dont have any help we barely get to go to the bathroom if you get to then you get jumped if you gotta go what have magically become robots instead of human beings its time we take a stand my fellow wrokers we never had any of this explosin or leaks until dave wanted to start constructoin work around then it started we finally was told tue there was a leak again from someone that had to work sunday why didnt dave tell us or brian trust them yeah right there just trying to impress there bosses to get higher up at what cost us some of has been there 6 7 yrs we havent seen it this bad you cant say anything afraid youll get fired we have had a power outage every night this week whats going on its been about 70 degrees when it should be about 50 its time we get our voices heard even if we gotta get a union in to do it last time they tried to get in upper managment started careing about us they talked us out of it rumor is osha was paid to keep quite
  • by nestlewroker Location: mt sterling on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    listen up my fellow wrokers news team it is time we stand we have very little help people are are doing 2or3 jobs only get paid for one we never got treated this way when bob white was there he cared dave only cares about his self listen up anonymous some of us cant quite we dont want to lose what we have in 401k we like our job its the way we are being treated a friend of mind got moved to another line yesterday put on the table she got sick she asked if she could do some other job for awhile the so called supervisor and brian waller told her to deal with it and her a card to call someone to talk about you barley get a bathroom break if are lucking to get to go to the bathroom brian waller wants to know where you are going why i didnt know there was a law aginst gettting a drink of water and useing the bathroom now i think all nestle wrokers see we should have voted a union in well if they come back i bet they get in this time we are tired come on union
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    Was there yet another amonia leak on Sunday in which the employees where removed from the building? Also was the electric company not at the plant on Tues. evening to electric outages that had occurred two nights in a row, that no one in the surrounding area expierenced. As a ciizen of this town I really have to ask is this a safe place? Alot of things have have happened there of late and I have a true concern for my family and friends that work there.
  • by Anonymous Location: Mt Sterling on Aug 22, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    Ok I have read enough. First of all, the truck outside is NOT pumping ammonia into the plant. Nestle is not that stupid!!! I am a former employee of Nestle and I dont agree with some members of their management but everyone of you all are getting a REALLY good paycheck every week and if it is that bad and you all think your lives are in danger then quit commenting about it and find another job. It is not Dave Lighthousers fault anyway. He has bosses above him too and I am sure they are breathing down his necks just like he is yours. They obviously cant shut the plant down and from the sounds of that is what everyone wants...TIME OFF!!! That seems to be the main issue here.....YOU ARE NOT IN DANGER IF YOU WERE YOU WOULDNT BE THERE AND THE PLANT WOULD BE SHUT DOWN!!! Nestle is not going to risk the lives of hundreds of people...why would they do that??? They might have some poor management in there but I dont think they would endanger hundreds of lives.....that is all I am going to say!!!
  • by employee Location: mt.sterling on Aug 18, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    my opinion on the things going on at Nestle is that it has become a sickning place to work. No one wants to be there anymore. people quit every day.the call-in rate is out of control. people that had good attendance before are wracking up occurence for missing because they know they can't get a day off anymore.when you get 10 you're booted out the door. that used to matter,it doesn't any more. people are so tired they just can't do it anymore. temps. are being bused in from lex. cause they can't get anyone else to work there. the sad thing is that they are treated no better than regular employee all though some lines are staffed now mostly with temps. Why was the notice posted that any temp that called in on sat the 18 would automatically be fired? Why? Maybe the temps should take a tip from the regular employees. Do you really want to work for people that treat youthat way? You work as hard as everyone else, get paid less, and desrve better!! We all do!!!Think about it.
  • by tired and dissapointed on Aug 16, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    it really amazes me how in the short time nestle has been here they have managed to run a business it took the mirages years too establish into the ground,chef america treated their employees with respect and kindness and everyone wanted to do a good job for them,and they still made a big profit, now that nestle took over no one cares,they've broken everyones spirit and the morale sucks, the atmosphere there is awful and everyone is tired, if their plan was to break everyone down i think they've succeed, conratulations nestle!
  • by NESTLE EMPLOYEE Location: MT.STERLING on Aug 15, 2007 at 03:17 AM
    M THOUGHTS CONCERNIING SAFETY AND THE AMONIA ISSUES ARE : WHY WOULD WE FEEL SAFE WHEN WE TRUSTED YOU AFTER THE EXPLOSION TO MAKE IT RIGHT AND THEN STHINGS CONTINUED TO OCCUR? WHY IS THE TRUCK STILL PUMPING AMMONIA INTO THE BUILDING? WHY ARE WORKERS STILL WORKING 6 DAYS A WEEK? SOME WORKERS ON 2ND SHIFT WORK UNTIL 2:00 TO 3:00 IN THE MORNING,WHY? HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT US TO DO THIS? YOU ARE RIGHT FLEMING CO. MORALE IS LOW.EVERYONE IS UNHAPPY! WORKERS ARE TRYING,BUT THE HARDER MANAGEMENT PUSHES THEM. WHERE DOES IT END? NESTLE DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. YOU IN MANAGEMENT NEED TO COME OUT OF THE OFFICES THAT YOU PERCH IN AND REALLY SEE IF YOUR ENDS JUSTIFY YOUR MEANS? TO GET WHAT YOU WANT SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE! YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO TREAT PEOPLE THIS CRUELLY JUST BECAUSE THEY NEED A PAYCHECK!! IT IS NOT MORAL OR ETHICAL, IT'S JUST GREED. DAVE HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? I'LL PRAY FOR YOU. pEOPLE SEE NOW WHY THEY SHOULD HAVE VOTED FOR THE UNION!!
  • by EMPLOYEE on Aug 15, 2007 at 02:50 AM
    MY COMMENT AS FAR

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