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Accident: 1001411 - Two Employees Treated For Ammonia Inhalation

Accident: 1001411 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 03/12/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10192841403/12/19861731Mitchell Electric
At approximately 5:20 p.m. on October 19, 1986, Employee #1, of Tasco Construction, was moving a large 4 ft by 8 ft powered scissor lift work platform from the receiving dock down a ramp into the machinery room. As she entered the machinery room, the work platform struck a 1 in. diameter pipe on the #14 Frick ammonia refrigeration unit. Ammonia gas filled the room and Employee #1 notified the security guard of an ammonia spill. The guard called the fire department, ambulance, and plant maintenance supervisor for assistance. Employee #1 was treated for ammonia inhalation. Employee #2 of IBP experienced breathing difficulties and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, Iowa City. There was no diagnosis of a medical condition and no lost work time.
Keywords: ammonia, work rules, construction, inhalation, gas leak, pipe, toxic fumes, overexposure, accidental discharge, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101928414 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 101928414 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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