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Unexpected ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena caused death of three workers

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Date of incident: October 2017
Notice of incident number: 2017160530032
Employers: City of Fernie, Toromont Industries Ltd. (CIMCO Refrigeration)

Incident summary:
At the Fernie Memorial Arena, workers were performing maintenance on the ice plant when there was a release of ammonia gas. Three workers were fatally injured from exposure to the ammonia.

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Publication Date: Aug 2018 File type: PDF (5 MB) Asset type: Incident Investigation Report Summary NI number: 2017160530032