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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1209753.015 - Fredonia Cooperative Association

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita

Nr: 1209753.015Report ID: 0729700Open Date: 02/13/2017

Fredonia Cooperative Association
103 S 2nd St
Fredonia, KS 66736
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: Po Box 538, Fredonia, KS 66736

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/14/2017
Emphasis: L:GrainClose Case:07/05/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1181036 Yes  
 Referral1181036   Yes
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,386 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,386
Current Penalty $1,386 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,386
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100303 G01 I A 04/20/2017 05/16/2017 $1,386 $1,386 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 02001 Other 19100178 L06 04/20/2017 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 93073.015Event: 02/07/2017Employee Is Sprayed With Ammonia (Nh3) And Is Hospitalized
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
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1209753.015 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, farm workers

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