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Accident: 14340038 - Firefighters Exposed To Ammonia From Leaking Compressor

Accident: 14340038 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 10/02/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1497294710/03/19859224Rose Hill Fire Department
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1497293910/03/19852015House Of Raeford Rose Hill Division
ON OCTOBER 2, 1985, AT APPROXIMATELY 5:45 PM, AMMONIA BEGAN LEAKING FROM A BLOWN COMPRESSOR CYLINDER HEAD. FIRE FIGHTERS FROM THE ROSE HILL AND MAGNOLIA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS WERE SENT TO THE SCENE. THE ROSE HILL FIRE CHIEF SENT EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #3 INTO THE AREA OF THE LEAK TO INSURE THAT ALL EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN EVACUATED AND TO TRY TO LOCATE THE SOURCE OF THE LEAK. ONE FIREMAN WORE A BEARD; THE OTHER TWO DIDN'T HAVE A GOOD SEAL WITH THEIR RESPIRATORS. (THEY WERE WEARING AIR PACKS.) THEY WERE EXPOSED TO THE AMMONIA FUMES. ALL THREE HAD ATTENDED FIRE DEPARTMENT SPONSORED TRAINING SESSIONS ON RESPIRATOR USE. TWO HOUSE OF RAEFORD EMPLOYEES, ACCOMPANIED BY TWO FIREMEN, ENTERED THE AREA AND SHUT OFF THE LEAKING AMMONIA. THEY HAD NO PROBLEMS.
Keywords: firefighter, leak, respiratory, ammonia, inhalation, toxic fumes, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14972947 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
2 14972947 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
3 14972947 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
4 14972939 Occupation Not Listed

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