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Accident: 14214969 - Employees Exposed To Solvent Vapors From Degreaser

Accident: 14214969 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/09/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10544482208/13/19873599Energy Services Group

On Sunday, August 9, 1987, Employees #2, #3, and #4 were in the plant while the plant was shut down. They noticed an odor coming from the production area. After investigating, they determined that it was coming from the vapor degreaser in the finishing area. Employee #2 attempted to call the maintenance manager but could not reach him. Employee #3 attempted to shut off the vapor degreaser but was unsuccessful. The vapors set off the fire alarm and the Fire Department responded. Employee #1 donned the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and chemical protective suit and went into the degreaser and shut it off. Employees #1, #2, #3, and # 4 were taken to the hospital where they showered, were checked as a precaution, and released. The production area doors were opened and the building was ventilated. The degreaser is a 60T degreaser with a capacity of 110-115 gallons, located in an area of approximately 90 feet by 30 feet. The cooling compressor for cold water coils was replaced to avoid the current problem.

Keywords: compressor, protective clothing, vapor, degreaser, shut-off valve

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105444822 Non Hospitalized injury Dermatitis Managers and administrators, n.e.c
2 105444822 Non Hospitalized injury Dermatitis Secretaries
3 105444822 Non Hospitalized injury Other Managers, marketing, advertising, & public rela.
4 105444822 Non Hospitalized injury Other Managers, marketing, advertising, & public rela.

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