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Accident: 822445 - Employees Ill After Exposure To Toxic Gas

Accident: 822445 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 08/05/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10442806508/25/19888221Western Maryland College

An employee of a pool supply company inadvertently filled a 55 gallon tank containing a residue of muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid used as a cleanser), with 28 gallons of sodium hypochlorite (a solution commonly used to remove pool bacteria). This caused a chemical reaction and the resulting gas immediately passed through several buildings. Employees #1 and #2 were treated for asphyxia at Carroll County General Hospital and released the same day.

Keywords: hydrochloric acid, asphyxiated, sodium hypochlorite, gas, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, overexposure, inattention

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104428065 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Guards and police, excluding public service
2 104428065 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, food preparation & service occupation

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