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Accident: 14506059 - Employee Dies After Expose To Benzene For 30 Years

Accident: 14506059 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 04/11/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10003194704/20/19882782C.F. Hoeckel Company

For 30 years, Employee #1 was a pen-ruler for a custom print shop. During this time, he used AZO dyes and aniline-based dyes for the line inks that produce multi-colored, lined, and margined paper for county ledgers and other specialty orders. The two hard wood pen ruling machines were built around the early 1900s and had no other identifying labels. Employee #1 used benzene, alcohol, and other solvents to perform cleaning operations and to ensure proper pen flow. He did not use gloves and often used a spray mist cleaner that contained benzene. In the area where Employee #1 worked there was no local exhaust ventilation and he was never trained on the hazards of benzene. A drum containing benzene that had been on the premises for years had no hazard warning and no monitoring had been conducted to determine employee exposure. Employee #1 was diagnosed as having aplastic anemia on January 27, 1988. He died on April 11, 1988. The autopsy indicated that benzene exposure was related to his death.

Keywords: benzene, ventilation, ppe, glove, overexposure, untrained, warning sign

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100031947 Fatality Cancer Occupation not reported

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