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Accident: 109731.015 - Employees Inhale Unknown Fumes And Lungs Are Irritated

Accident: 109731.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 10/13/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1292698.01502/02/2018Jacobs Field Services, North America
At 9:30 a.m. on October 13, 2017, Employee #1, #2 and #3, employed by a construction company, were working on a multiemployer project at a wastewater treatment plant. Employee #1 was grinding an I-beam that was propped up on a steel skid pan. An unknown powdery substance in the skid pan began to smolder. All three employees, after inhaling the fumes, began to experience respiratory problems. Emergency services were called, and the employees were transported to the hospital. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for lung irritation. Employees #2 and #3 were treated and released. The subsequent investigation showed that the skid pan, which had been used by multiple contractors, likely contained a waste product that contained sulfur.
Keywords: powder, construction, inhalation, lung, grinding machine, sulfur, respiratory, smoke inhalation, steel beam, air contamination
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Alteration or rehabilitation   3 150
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1292698.015 44 M Non Hospitalized injury Other Millwrights
2 1292698.015 61 M Hospitalized injury Other Millwrights

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