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Accident: 200072981 - Two Employees Are Exposed To Anhydrous Ammonia

Accident: 200072981 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 06/28/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30951822307/05/20061799Surco Specialty Construction, L.L.C.
On June 28, 2006, anhydrous ammonia was released from a pressure relief valve on the F3 Kathabar dehumidifier and refrigeration unit. The anhydrous ammonia was piped from the pressure relief valve to the roof where it was released. The anhydrous ammonia collected outside of the building housing the F3 Kathabar unit, in the B and C Fermentation Tank Corridor. Employee #1, a mechanic, was exposed to the anhydrous ammonia while he was working on a scaffold in the corridor. Employee #1 experienced damage to his respiratory system as a result of the exposure and was hospitalized. Employee #2, an insulator, was briefly exposed to the anhydrous ammonia when he entered the B & C Fermentation Tank Corridor to help Employee #1. Employee #2 was observed and given minor treatment at the hospital, but he was not hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, anhydrous ammonia, respiratory tract, chemical vapor
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309518223 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 309518223 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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