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Accident: 170609788 - Employees Suffer Ammonia Exposure And Heat Stress

Accident: 170609788 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 05/13/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004099305/17/19942911Chevron Products Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004734505/17/19942911Tic The Industrial Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004737806/21/19941711Irwin Industries Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004734505/17/19942911Tic The Industrial Company
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 13, 1994, Employees #1, #2, and #3 sustained serious discomfort attributed to ammonia exposure combined with heat stress. At the time of the accident, the employees were in a permit-required confined space, the hot box of a precipitator at a refinery, where the employer was doing contract work. Employee #1, a helper, was standing outside the hot box in a nonpermit-required confined space and wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus escape pack. Employee #2, a structural welder, was welding inside the hot box, along with two other uninjured welders. Employee #3, an ironworker and lead worker, was overseeing the operations inside the hot box. After the accident, the employees were transported to the hospital and released the same day.
Keywords: ammonia, work rules, heat exhaustion, overexposure, confined space, welding, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120040993 Occupation Not Listed
2 120047345 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
3 120047378 Occupation Not Listed
4 120047345 Non Hospitalized injury Other Structural metal workers
5 120047345 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production helpers

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