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Accident: 102204.015 - Many Employees Are Overcome By Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 102204.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 01/02/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1285828.01501/03/2018Cleary Pallet Sales, Inc.
At 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2018, three or five employees were among the workers working at a firm that manufactured pallets. The employees were performing norma l work functions. These involved repairing and repurposing wooden pallets. Janua ry 2 was one of the coldest days of the year. On that day, their employer was op erating forklift trucks inside a building with poor ventilation. The trucks were in need of repair. The employees were exposed to levels of carbon monoxide in t he work place in excess of ten times the permissible exposure limit. They sustai ned carbon monoxide poisoning from multiple sources. Somewhere from three to fiv e employees were sent to emergency rooms for treatment for exposure to carbon mo noxide.
Keywords: carbon monoxide, carboxyhemoglobin, equipment failure, inadequate maint, inhalation, poisoning, respiratory, toxic atmosphere, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1285828.015 50 F Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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