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Leaking Gas at Sperm Bank Leads to Death of Deputy

In February 2017, a man was killed and woman severely injured at Xytex Cryo International, a sperm bank in Augusta. In August, industrial giant Airgas was fined more than $300,000 for their role in the accident. Airgas was the provider of nitrogen gas used by Xytex to freeze sperm cells. On December 13, 2016, Airgas installed a 3,000-gallon nitrogen dispensing and storage tank at Xytex. On December 22, a Xytex employee was trying to cool freezers with the nitrogen when the nitrogen started to dispense into the room. An Airgas employee determined in January that the tank would need to be recalibrated from 30 psi to 20 psi. This mistake would prove deadly. The 911 logs from February 5, 2017 tell a terrifying story. That Sunday, an Airgas tanker truck arrived to deliver nitrogen. The driver connected the hose from his truck to the storage tank and began to fill…
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