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Accident: 115909.015 - Employee Is Hospitalized After Exposure To Anhydrous Ammonia

Accident: 115909.015 -- Report ID: 0551701 -- Event Date: 04/25/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1397163.01505/02/2019Newport Township Fpd
At 4:30 a.m. on April 25, 2019, an employee was working as a fire fighter for a suburban township fire department. His fire department responded to a fire call. A farm tractor was pulling 1,800 kg (2 ton) tanks containing anhydrous ammonia. The tractor and tanks were at the intersection of two roads, when the anhydrous ammonia spilled from a valve. The fire department responded. Fire fighters stag ed on the scene behind Engine 1222. The employee exited the vehicle and was look ing for a fog nozzle. Due to the leak, there was a release of gas that sent at l east 37 fire fighters to the hospital. The employee was one of them. He was hosp italized for throat and eye irritation and respiratory irritation from the fumes . Most of the fire fighters had non-life-threatening conditions. Several dozen o thers had been evaluated by paramedics but were not transported to the hospital. Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless gas with "pungent, suffocating fumes." The aff licted fire fighters said it caused difficulty in breathing, chest pain, and bur ns.
Keywords: anhydrous ammonia, chemical vapor, farm machinery, fire, fire brigade/department, fire fighter, fire truck, inhalation, leak, overcome by vapors, respiratory, spill, tank, toxic fumes, tractor, valve, vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1397163.015 24 M Hospitalized injury Firefighting occupations

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