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Accident: 201093440 - Four Employees Are Exposed To Anhydrous Ammonia

Accident: 201093440 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 08/20/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12614516808/24/19990723Guadalupe Cooling Company Inc
On August 20, 1999, Employee #1 was performing maintenance on the float column of a slop tank sub-unit in the refrigeration engine room. The objective of the maintenance was to change the sight glasses on the float column. While removing a valve seal cap, the valve body loosened and allowed approximately 61 pounds of ammonia to escape. Employee #1 and three employees of another company were exposed. Employee #1 was not wearing eye protection at the time of the incident and received an ocular exposure to the ammonia gas. The other three employees were sorting bell peppers approximately 100 yards south of the engine room at the time of the release. The three other employees reported eye and throat irritation. All four employees were treated and released at local hospitals. None are known to have sustained permanent injuries.
Keywords: eye, throat, maintenance, agriculture, anhydrous ammonia, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126145168 Non Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported

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