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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $90 $0 $0 $0 $0 $90
Current Penalty $90 $0 $0 $0 $0 $90
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100133 A01 03/16/1989 03/20/1989 $90 $90 $0 -
  2. 02001A Other 19100134 A02 03/16/1989 04/03/1989 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001B Other 19100134 E03 03/16/1989 04/03/1989 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 02001C Other 19100134 F01 03/16/1989 04/03/1989 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02001D Other 19100134 F02 I 03/16/1989 04/03/1989 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 02002 Other 30001 03/16/1989 03/20/1989 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 02003 Other 1200003 1 03/16/1989 04/03/1989 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 1002153 Event: 02/13/1989Employees Exposed To Anhydrous Ammonia From Spill
At approximately 9:03 a.m. on February 13, 1989, an anhydrous ammonia (NH3) leak due to a faulty snap valve occurred at Oelwein Soil Service, Oelwein, IA. Approximately 25,000 gallons of NH3 were in the stationary tank. Employee #1 called the Oelwein Fire Department, which dispatched Employees #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 (volunteer fire fighters) to the scene. The Oelwein Fire Department called Hazelton Fire Department, which sent Employees #7 and #8 (fire fighters). The Oelwein Fire Department acted as coordinator. Oelwein Fire Department volunteers, wearing SCBA and bunker gear, made attempts to close the valve, which was done at approximately 12:47 p.m. Employee #1, who was trying to prime a pump and was splashed in the eyes by NH3-containing water from the ground; Employees #2 through #6 (firefighters), who sustained NH3 burns under their bunker gear in the belt areas of the groin and legs; Employees #7 and #8, who sustained burns; Employee #9, who was directing traffic and was briefly exposed when the wind changed; and Employee #10, who had brought a 3 in. pump to clean up water on the ground as directed by DNR and received arm blisters, went to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, from which they were released by February 14, 1989.
Keywords: firefighter, leak, agriculture, equipment failure, chemical burn, burn, emergency response, anhydrous ammonia, pelvis, accidental discharge
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104231980 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Firefighting occupations
2 104231980 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Firefighting occupations
3 104231980 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, general office
4 104231980 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Construction trades, n.e.c.
5 104231980 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Sheriffs, bailiffs, other law enforcement officers

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