Failure to remove ammonia prior to system disassembly caused fatal ammonia release
May 26, 2022
Regulated industry sector: Boilers, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration - Refrigeration system
An ammonia release at an ice making facility in the Mount Paul Industrial Park located on Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc reserve in Kamloops resulted in one fatality, multiple exposures, a local evacuation, and the temporary shutdown of nearby businesses. Our investigation found that the primary cause of the incident was a failure to remove ammonia from the refrigeration system ahead of its disassembly.