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Accident: 202484952 - Worker Is Sprayed In Eyes With Anhydrous Ammonia

Accident: 202484952 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 01/29/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12020126402/21/20070139River Garden Farms Co.
On January 29, 2007, Employee #1 was sprayed with anhydrous ammonia at River Garden Farms Company, an agricultural company that cultivated crops. Employee #1 was working as a farm mechanic removing an anhydrous ammonia tank and application rig from a John Deere tractor in the yard of the farm. Employee #1 cut through a hose between the tank and the applicator with a knife. Employee #2 was standing behind Employee #1. When Employee #1 cut the hose, both employees were sprayed with corrosive anhydrous ammonia on the head and chest. After being sprayed, the operations manager helped Employees #1 and #2 irrigate their eyes. They then got in a truck and drove to Woodland Memorial Hospital. Employee #1 was taken to UC Davis Medical Center's Burn Unit, and remained in the hospital for over a month with eye and lung injuries. Employee #2 had his eyes irrigated and was released after four hours. Employee #1 returned to work in two weeks.
Keywords: eye, head, lung, agriculture, mechanic, inhalation, anhydrous ammonia, chemical burn, tractor, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120201264 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Farm workers

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