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Accident: 998328 - Employee Dies Of Anhydrous Ammonia Exposure

Accident: 998328 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 04/21/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10773965805/01/19902875Terra International, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10773966605/01/19904213Sioux Line Ltd.
On April 21, 1990, Employee #1 was standing by his truck at Terra International, Inc., a fertilizer plant in Crookston, MN, waiting for his load of clay to be unloaded. An expansion joint on a railroad car's pipeline for unloading anhydrous ammonia blew out and Employee #1 was enveloped in a cloud of both liquid and vaporized anhydrous ammonia. He died on May 2, 1990. The exact cause of death is unknown but a factor was probably that his lungs were burned by the ammonia.
Keywords: lung, ammonia, equipment failure, chemical burn, toxic fumes, overexposure, burn, rupture, pipeline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107739658 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Truck drivers, heavy
2 107739666 Occupation Not Listed

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