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Accident: 200270247 - Employees Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 200270247 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 08/06/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30021682708/06/19975331Wal-Mart Store #1323

Approximately half of a 5 lb container of a swimming pool treatment chemical called Sock It was dumped into a store's trash compactor. The calcium hypochlorite in the product apparently reacted with soda pop that had also been discarded into the compactor, releasing chlorine gas. Fire department personnel responded and the immediate area was evacuated. Approximately two hours later, the entire store was evacuated as a precaution. Employees #1 through #3 and 26 coworkers were treated at Peoria hospitals; Employees #1 through #3 were hospitalized for one to two days.

Keywords: vapor, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, gas, chlorine, air contamination, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, chemical

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300216827 Hospitalized injury Other Sales counter clerks
2 300216827 Hospitalized injury Other Sales counter clerks
3 300216827 Hospitalized injury Other Sales counter clerks

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