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Accident: 108084.015 - Sixteen Employees Are Exposed To Ammonia Leak

Accident: 108084.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 07/29/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1334070.01507/30/2018Birds Eye Foods Llc
At 4:45 a.m. on July 29, 2018, 16 employees were operating vegetable packaging e quipment and performing material handling activities at a vegetable processing f acility that used ammonia refrigeration. A fan unit for an evaporative condense r unit fell onto the condenser coil due to the structural failure of a motor bra cket. While falling, the fan cut into the coils causing ammonia to be released i nside, exposing all 16 employees working in this area. All employees were treate d, and three employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: ammonia, anhydrous ammonia, gas leak, poisoning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1334070.015 99 F Hospitalized injury Packaging and filling machine operators
2 1334070.015 99 F Hospitalized injury Packaging and filling machine operators
3 1334070.015 99 M Hospitalized injury Packaging and filling machine operators

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