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Accident: 200526705 - Employee Dies From Chemical Burns

Accident: 200526705 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 04/15/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30571664904/30/20035153River Valley Cooperative
On April 30, 2003, Employee #1 and a coworker filled an anhydrous ammonia nurse tank to be transported to farm fields. After filling the nurse tank, Employee #1 was hooking the tank to a pickup truck for transport when the tank ruptured along a weld seam on the bottom front side. Liquid ammonia was released through the approximate 40-in. split. The ammonia formed a cloud and a rapidly expanding, boiling-liquid blast enveloped Employee #1. The coworker assisted Employee #1 to and into a water tank. The Employee #1 died 1.5 weeks later from chemical burns.
Keywords: burn, ammonia, agriculture, trailer hitch, rupture, anhydrous ammonia, chemical burn, chemical vapor, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305716649 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, related agricultural occupations

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