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Accident: 14521702 - Employees Exposed To Ammonia, Six Hospitalized

Accident: 14521702 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 09/21/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329823809/24/19902011Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329822009/24/19902013Excellent Casing Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329823809/24/19902011Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329822009/24/19902013Excellent Casing Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329823809/24/19902011Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329822009/24/19902013Excellent Casing Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329823809/24/19902011Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329822009/24/19902013Excellent Casing Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329823809/24/19902011Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10329822009/24/19902013Excellent Casing Co.
On September 21, 1990, an ammonia leak occurred at the Excel Corp. pork division plant in the offal cooler. The leak traveled into the chitterlings department through the plant's mechanical ventilation. Employees #1 through #10, of Excellent Casing Co., who were in the department making casings from pork intestines, and Excel Corp. Employees #11 through #17, who were working in a nearby production line, were immediately engulfed in an ammonia cloud. The cloud caused poor visibility and burned the employees' eyes; they were evacuated. There was a problem with a blocked egress. Other employees of Excel Corp. contained the leak. The exposed employees suffered from pulmonary edema, eye damage, and/or severe mucous membrane irritation. Employees #3 and #6 through #10 were hospitalized.
Keywords: leak, obstructed egress, ammonia, toxic fumes, overexposure, burn, eye, pulmonary edema, ventilation, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 103298220 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 103298220 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 103298220 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
10 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
11 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
12 103298220 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
13 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
14 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
15 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
16 103298238 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
17 103298220 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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