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Accident: 311460737 - Employee Injured From Exposure To Ammonia Vapors

Accident: 311460737 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 01/09/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31146073701/10/20081742Energy Specialty Contracting, Inc. (Esci)
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on January 9, 2008, Employee #1 and coworkers were engaged in insulation work on a large anhydrous ammonia tank. The tank had been nearly emptied before work was allowed to begin. The employees were repositioning an adjustable scaffold for work the next day when a pressure relief cap was opened, releasing ammonia vapors. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital for treatment of superficial eye and lung burns; he was released the next day. Two other coworkers were sent to the hospital for observation.
Keywords: lung, work rules, cleaning, construction, inhalation, storage tank, anhydrous ammonia, chemical burn, chemical vapor, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311460737 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Construction trades, n.e.c.

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