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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302506928 - Johnson Rubber Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

 

Inspection Nr: 302506928
Report ID: 0522300
Open Date: 05/20/1999

Site Address:
Johnson Rubber Co.
16025 Johnson St.
Middlefield, OH 44062

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 67, Middlefield, OH 44062

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:3069

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 06/30/1999

Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing

Emphasis:

Close Case:07/06/1999


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100100775

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200100485
Event: 05/19/1999
Employees Hospitalized After Exposure To Epoxy Coating

Employees #1 through #10 began to experience symptoms after being exposed to a two-part epoxy floor coating that contained xylene, ethyl benzene, and other solvents, in addition to hexamethylene diisocyanate. The coating had been applied earlier in the day to a small area of flooring, and less than one-half gallon had been used. All ten workers were transported to the hospital, and Employees #1 through #3, #6, and #8 through #10 were held overnight. Some were still experiencing symptoms such as vomiting when they were discharged the following day, and various symptoms continued for another four to seven days for those employees most heavily exposed. The coating contractor denied that there was anything different about this floor application, noting that the same product had been applied elsewhere over larger areas without any adverse reactions. Carbon monoxide levels were also investigated in case ongoing exposure was creating the prolonged symptoms, but levels were low and training on carbon monoxide had been conducted. The employer handled the situation appropriately in terms of medical attention and evacuation.

Keywords:vapor, ventilation, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, air contamination, paint solvent, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, isocyanate, vomit

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
6 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
7 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
8 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
9 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
10 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
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