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Accident: 958611 - Employee Inhales Anhydrous Ammonia When Gasket Ruptures

Accident: 958611 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 11/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11192252211/13/19914212John Perez And Sons Trucking, Cal-Ammonia
Employee #1, a truck driver for John Perez & Sons Trucking, was filling his tank truck at a California Ammonia distribution facility at the Port of Stockton with aqua ammonia when a gasket ruptured in a metering device, spewing out anhydrous ammonia in the neighboring bay. Employee #1 was on top of his truck at the time and left immediately according to procedures. He was assisted by a California Ammonia Co. employee after he crossed an access ramp to an adjacent platform and went down the stairs. Employee #1 was hospitalized. Employee #1 had hauled various chemicals over 30 years and had a hazardous materials endorsement on his driver's license.
Keywords: tank truck, gasket, inhalation, equipment failure, rupture, anhydrous ammonia, spill, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111922522 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Truck drivers, heavy

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