The man who died as a result of the ammonia leak at Lineage Logistics on Taylorsville Highway on Friday has been identified.
Anthony Edward Lamattino, 35, of Woodstock, Georgia, died as a result of the accident.
Carson Brandon Drawdy was injured as well.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bradley Henderson interviewed Drawdy at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
He said Drawdy and Lamattino were working for a subcontractor and were demolishing a freezer wall inside the plant. They cut out of a section of the wall and noticed an ice buildup behind the wall, Henderson said.
They began chipping away the ice, and Drawdy told Henderson he next noticed what he described as a cloud of smoke, but it was the ammonia. He was able to get out of the area.
The company issued a statement on the accident late Friday:
“Earlier today, there was an ammonia release at our facility in Statesville that resulted in the death of a Lineage Logistics sub-contractor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this individual. We are working in close coordination with local authorities and regulatory officials to conduct a full investigation. Lineage’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, partners, and the communities in which we live and operate. We take compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations extremely seriously and will be working with all relevant agencies during our investigation. To ensure consistent and centralized communications during this process, we will work closely with local authorities and regulatory officials to provide further updates.”
Two Iredell County emergency responders were evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution for their exposure to the chemical, according to Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management. They were released early Friday evening.
Hazardous-materials response teams and emergency services staffers were monitoring conditions inside the plant and in the area around the plant late Friday. Air monitoring outside the plant shows levels well below the threshold for concern to area residents and should not cause health issues. Emergency responders were to remain on site through Saturday “mitigating the leak and residents should use caution and avoid the area,” the Emergency Management Services stated in a news release.
Crews from Monticello, Mooresville and Statesville fire departments, along with Iredell EMS and Iredell Rescue, responded to the scene Friday as well as hazardous-materials crews from Charlotte, according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.
“We are working with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) on the investigation,” Campbell said Friday. He said investigators will attempt to determine exactly what occurred.
Lineage Logistics is a cold-storage company providing warehousing and transportation, according to the company website.