News By Jan. 12, 2015 10:28 am
Two LG employees killed by nitrogen leak at world’s largest TV production factory | News | Geek.com

You’d expect TV production lines to be relatively safe places to work, what with all the automation, but that doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen, and one incident just claimed the lives of two factory workers at LG’s P8 facility in South Korea.

P8 is located in Paju city north of Seoul. It’s thought to house the largest LCD and OLED panel production line in the world. Such a facility requires regular maintenance, which is carried out by trained maintenance staff. However, two workers have died and another four injured at P8 due to a nitrogen leak.

Nitrogen is used in the production of TV panels in order to wash them. The nitrogen has to be stored on site in order to allow for a regular supply during production. Somehow nitrogen leaked out of the system and into the room where the maintenance work was being carried out. The two workers who died were suffocated by the nitrogen, the other four suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries and are recovering.

LG does not yet know what caused the nitrogen to leak, but a full investigation is underway to figure out exactly what happened. It could be a cracked pipe, faulty valve, or a mistake made during maintenance that caused it (surely they have cameras set up everywhere monitoring the factory?). Whatever the case, there could be some legal implications for LG and potentially action taken by the families of the workers who were killed or injured.

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Two LG employees killed by nitrogen leak at world’s largest TV production factory | News | Geek.com

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