Gas turbine employee diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in Rockland County

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (WABC) -- In Rockland County, an employee of Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation in Orangeburg has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

Chromalloy released a statement saying, "On Friday, August 7, at approximately 11:30 a.m., we were informed that a Chromalloy employee at our Orangeburg, NY, facility was diagnosed with Legionnaire's Disease.

"While it is unclear if the employee was exposed to the bacterium at the facility we immediately began working with OSHA and our consultants to evaluate the situation, and began taking the appropriate action in accordance with our consultant and OSHA recommendations.

"As a precautionary measure we temporarily closed the facility early this afternoon. This evening, our consultant will inject biocide into the cooling towers to destroy any bacterium if any exist, and will quarantine the work area where the cooling towers are located.

"Testing will be conducted on Monday and further actions will be determined as our investigation continues. All of these actions are taking place in conjunction with OSHA.

"Chromalloy is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our employees and a safe work environment, and the communities in which we operate."