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Accident: 14319784 - Two Employees Die In Unexpected Ammonia Release

Accident: 14319784 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 12/06/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10269961812/07/19932033Knouse Foods Co-Operative, Incorporated
Employees #1 and #2 were draining refrigerant oil from anhydrous ammonia refrigeration system oil traps in fruit cold storage warehouses. They were working approximately 24 feet above floor level on a mobile scissor lift personnel platform (Hyster, V24) using hand tools including a wrench, a flashlight, and a bucket. The cause of the unexpected ammonia release is unknown. Employees #1 and #2 suffered thermal and chemical burns over large areas of their bodies and of their respiratory tracts. Employees #1 and #2 died.
Keywords: burn, respiratory, wrench, anhydrous ammonia, chemical burn, toxic fumes, elevated work plat, overexposure, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102699618 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 102699618 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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