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Accident: 201081254 - Employee Receives Chemical Burn

Accident: 201081254 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 06/28/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12565365912/04/19980139Double D Farms

At approximately 2:45, on July 28, 1998, Employee #1 was adding UN-32, a nitrogen-based fertilizer to an irrigation unit. Employee #1 connected all the lines from the fertilizer pump to the irrigating system and started the pump. Employee #1 did not pay attention to the system for approximately 25 minutes. When Employee #1 returned to add fertilizer to the pump he noted that the level had not dropped and the system had gotten very hot. Employee #1 approached the pump to shut it down when he heard an explosion. Employee #1 was instantly covered with fertilizer, receiving chemical burns to his face and chest. He was hospitalized for his injuries.

Keywords: burn, chest, fertilizer mixing, nitrogen, explosion, irrigation equipment, face, pump, chemical, water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125653659 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Farmers, except horticultural

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