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Accident: 93073.015 - Employee Is Sprayed With Ammonia (Nh3) And Is Hospitalized

Accident: 93073.015 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 02/07/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1209753.01502/13/2017Fredonia Cooperative Association
At 3:10 p.m. on February 7, 2017, an employee was making preparations to replace the relief valve of a 1,000 gallon ammonia (NH3) nurse tank. The incident investigation reported that the tank was empty of liquid NH3. However, it contained approximately 80 psi of vapor pressure. The employee set up a 30 gallon drum that contained water and affixed it to the nurse tank by way of a hose. He then turned the relief valve of the tank to bleed the vapor pressure into the drum. The vent of the drum was not completely clear, causing the bottom of the drum to burst and become airborne. The drum became separated from the hose and was ejected over the top of the ammonia storage tank, spraying the employee's lower portion of his body with ammonia. The employee sustained chemical burns and showed signs of toxic vapor inhalation, which he was hospitalized and received treatment.
Keywords: toxic fumes, pressure vessel, accidental discharge, chemical burn, agriculture machinery/vehicle, ejected, compressed gas, ammonia
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1209753.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, farm workers

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