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Accident: 200533438 - Sixteen Employees Are Exposed To Ammonia Release

Accident: 200533438 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 03/26/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31444056103/29/20102015West Liberty Foods, L.L.C.
At approximately 10:50 a.m. on March 26, 2010, Employees #1 through #16, mostly working in the Slice Department, were exposed to anhydrous ammonia. Approximately 300 employees were evacuated from the plant. Other employees were decontaminated on-site by the county hazardous material responders. Thirty (30) gallons of anhydrous ammonia, used as a refrigerant, leaked from a fractured back flow regulator, Refrigerating Specialties Co., Model A4A. The liquid ammonia pooled on the roof and then flowed to the storm sewer drain. The storm sewer drain, made of polyvinyl chloride material, was cracked and released ammonia into the Slice Department. Employees #1 through #16 were taken to the hospital and treated with oxygen for breathing, albuterol inhaler for asthma, and eye washing. Employees #1 through #16 were not hospitalized.
Keywords: eye, leak, emergency response, drain pipe, inhalation, current leakage, anhydrous ammonia, air contamination, evacuation, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
3 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
4 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
5 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
6 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
7 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
8 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
9 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
10 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
11 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
12 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
13 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
14 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers
15 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
16 314440561 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Hand packers and packagers

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