Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ammonia leak Incidents

Ammonia leak Incidents

Ammonia liquid, which is used in the refrigeration process, immediately turns to gas when it mixes with air and forms a vapor cloud. It is extremely dangerous because the gas reacts with water, so if it is inhaled it will mix with the moisture in human lungs and if not treated immediately will cause respiratory failure. Level A entry team means they were fully outfitted in encapsulated, pressurized hazmat suits with an attached breathing apparatus. “They were immediately met with a vapor cloud that reduced their visibility to about four inches,” Loomis said. “It was like the worst foggy day you can imagine.”

China:  According to statistics from the State Administration of Work Safety, a total of 36 deaths were reported in 10 liquid ammonia leak cases nationwide from 2002 to 2009, reported the 21st Century Business Herald

  • .Timeline

    September 30, 2013
    • Power Outage at UC Berkeley Leads to Explosion - ABC News

      • ABC News · 12 hours ago
        The power outage was reported around 4:30 p.m. Monday and led to evening classes being canceled as students were told to suspend all lab activities, Mogulof said. About a half-hour later, authorities reported an apparent ammonia leak in a room at Latimer Hall. It was contained almost immediately, campus officials said.
    September 28, 2013

    UK: Factory staff evacuated following ammonia leak
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    Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    SPECIALIST fire crews were scrambled to an ammonia leak at a food factory on Grimsby Docks.
    Three fire engines were called to the scene at Country Style Foods on Wickham Road shortly before 4am yesterday to a report of a leak, but on arrival discovered the potentially poisonous gas. 

    • The Salinas Californian·22 hours ago   
      A “significant” ammonia leak inside a Growers Express compressor room Sunday morning forced the evacuation of between 100 and 150 workers, a fire official at…
    • Salinas produce factory resumes operations after ammonia leak
      KSBW-TV 8 Salinas·16 hours ago
    • An ammonia leak at the Green Giant Fresh produce plant in Salinas on Sunday was caused by a failed control valve on a high-pressure ammonia line, the Salinas Fire Department said.

    September 2, 2013
    Ammonia leak at Newcastle Orica site
    4:00 am Orica workers discovered a leaking pipe containing about 100 kilograms of liquid ammonia. Orica workers this morning discovered a leaking pipe containing about 100 kilograms of liquid ammonia.
    Chemical giant Orica is close to finishing the clean up of another ammonia spill at its Newcastle site. It is the latest in a series of toxic leaks at Orica's Kooragang Island site which in 2011 resulted in the shut down of the ammonium nitrate plant. Nearlyb homes were not be notified of the leak because nothing has escaped off-site, the general manager Greg Holmes says the incident is very minor

    September 3, 2013 Four people were injured as a result of an ammonia leak in the South Gate area on Tuesday morning.
    Firefighters, hazardous materials specialists and three ambulances were sent to the complex housing Saputo Cheese USA on the 5700 block of East Imperial Highway at about 5 a.m. The ammonia leak was contained to inside the building. At least one person was taken to an area hospital. The cause of the leak is under investigation

    August 2013

    Weng's Cold Storage Industrial Company ammonia leak On 31 August 2013, liquid ammonia leaked on the fourth floor of the Weng's Cold Storage Industrial Company, killing fifteen people and injuring twenty-six. Six of the people injured were in critical condition. Thirteen of the dead victims died on the way to the hospital. The leak occurred in China's largest city, Shanghai. The cause of the ammonia leak is unknown. [1] [2] [3]

    Ammonia Leak Kills 15 in China

    Environmental Leader-Sep 3, 2013Share

    A liquid ammonia leak from a frozen storage and logistics business in ...the facility had more than 24 ammonia releases since December 2007...

    3 dead, 10 injured by ammonia leak in south Mexico
    • Tuesday August 20, 2013 In MEXICO CITY, Mexico Three construction workers on a highway project are dead and 10 others are injured following an ammonia leak in southern Mexico.
      40 others suffered from inhaling ammonia, and 1,200 people were evacuated from nearby houses. Construction machinery hit a pipeline that carries ammonia to a petrochemical plant, causing an explosion.

      June 2013


      This is the second time that liquid ammonia has come under the media spotlight in recent months. It first drew public attention early this summer. On the morning of June 3, in an explosion caused by a liquid ammonia leak in a chicken processing company in the city of Changchun in Jilin Province, 120 people were killed and 77 were left injured.  According to statistics from the State Administration of Work Safety, a total of 36 deaths were reported in 10 liquid ammonia leak cases nationwide from 2002 to 2009, reported the 21st Century Business Herald. So it's understandable that both the public and authorities do not regard liquid ammonia as a very fatal chemical substance. This perspective must be reversed after the Changchun explosion.

      Ammonia leak injures 4 in South Gate area | abc7.com


      in October 2012, another ammonia-leak-related accident claimed the lives of a further 479 people poisoned in Honghu City, Hubei Province, Shangai Daily informed. The majority of China’s work-related accidents take place in the mining industry. Last year alone, 1,300 people were killed in floods, explosions and collapsed mines. Exposure to ammonia fumes can cause ammonia toxicity, which produces chronic respiratory complications and a symptomatic airway edema. Most victims of the accident had internal burns immediately after inhaling the ammonia fumes.

       last October, 479 people were poisoned in an ammonia leakage attributed to worn machine parts in Honghu City of central China's Hubei Province.


      November 9, 2011

      Ammonia leak, Kooragang Island, Australia[edit]

      Initially, more than 900 kilograms of ammonia was suspected of venting to the atmosphere from Orica’s plant on Kooragang Island, during a 45 minute period, on 9 November 2011. The venting was due to a relief valve operating to prevent overpressure of a liquid ammonia tank. Engineering studies subsequently revised the amount down to ~90 kilograms.[21] The leak was identified by firefighters responding to an alarm raised by the hospitalisation of two railway workers at Mayfield who were affected by the plume of escaping gas.[22] Six fire units and a hazardous chemicals unit were called to the chemical plant to deal with the leak of the ammonia gas.[23] Despite initial statements by Orica that the leak posed no public health risk,[23] two rail workers in the nearby suburb of Mayfield East were overcome by ammonia fumes and were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.[21] Less than an hour before the ammonia leak, the Environment Protection Authority announced it would take Orica to court over the hexavalent chromium leak which occurred on 8 August 2011 at the same plant.[23]

      2010 none



Empire Cold Storage and Frosty Ice corner Spokane market

The Spokesman Review-Sep 8, 2013
... report of a 2007 ammonia refrigerant leak at the North Oak ice-making facility. Did that incident cause any concern among your neighbors?

2006 - no incidents