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Accident: 103053.015 - Three Employees Exposed To And Treated For Legionnaires Dise

Accident: 103053.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 09/07/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1282514.01511/30/2017Walt Disney Parks And Resorts U.S. Inc.
The employer is an amusement park/resort that operates multiple cooling towers o n its property. An existing cooling tower (CT2), and a newly constructed coolin g tower (CT4), were brought back online for intermittent operations and mixing o f waters, for adjusting. During this time, the employer was not effectively perf orming weekly bacteria inspections and had several days and weeks where the cool ing towers were taken off line for maintenance. At 3:30 p.m. on September 7, 20 17, Employee #1 was performing his duties as a cook, in his normal workplace, wi thin 200 feet of the cooling towers. His normal path of travel during his day t ook him near and around the cooling towers. Employee #2 was performing his dutie s as an operating engineer who operated a steam locomotive amusement ride, withi n 50 feet of the cooling towers, at an elevated location near the fan exhaust of the cooling towers. Employee #3 was performing his duties as a maintenance labo rer, within 200 feet, with travel back and forth next to the cooling towers. Al l three employees became ill and were diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease. Prio r to employee illnesses, the old cooling tower (CT2) had been drained, but not t he pipes underneath the tower, and the water became stagnant and infected with L egionella bacteria. All three employees were exposed to airborne Legionella on o r about the August/September 2017 timeframe. Employees #1 and #3 were admitted to the hospital for treatment for more than 24 hours and Employee #2 was treated in the emergency room and released.
Keywords: amusement park/carnival, cooling tower, infectious disease, legionaires disease, pipe, water, water tower
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1282514.015 45 M Non Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations
2 1282514.015 63 M Hospitalized injury Cooks, except short order
3 1282514.015 69 M Hospitalized injury Operating engineers

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