The Georgia Department of Public Health began an investigation of Lockheed Martin’s campus in Marietta, Georgia after four employees within a 12-month period were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Nancy Nydam, spokesperson for the state health department, stated that said investigation revealed the presence of Legionella at certain locations of the campus.
In July of this year, Lockheed Martin circulated an internal memo stating that initial testing by an expert gave no indication that the employees contracted Legionnaires’ disease at the Marietta campus. However, in light of the new findings, Lockheed distributed a supplemental memo informing employees that further testing found Legionella at the facility.
Rob Fuller, Lockheed’s communication senior manager, stated that the company has since increased testing of its water and implemented water safety protocols to combat the issue. These protocols include superheating hot water, ensuring chlorine is at the appropriate levels in the water system, cleaning or replacing aerators on sinks as appropriate, and regular flushing of the water system.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.