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Accident: 115440.015 - Employee Is Overcome By Cleaning Fumes

Accident: 115440.015 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/22/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1353533.01510/18/2018Pacific Coast Producers
At 2:41 a.m. on September 22, 2018, an employee was working for a fruit and vege table canner. She was working on the second level of an open warehouse. She was "chasing cans": ensuring that cans to be filled stayed on a conveyor belt. At th e same time, cleaners were spraying Foam Chlor 50 bleach cleaner on equipment on the lower level of the warehouse. The cleaner contained bleach and sodium hypoc hlorite. It was suspected that when the equipment was rinsed off with hot water, some vapors lofted upstairs and the employee inhaled them. The warehouse area h ad many exhaust and floor fans. The employee suffered respiratory and eye irrita tion and nausea. A coworker brought her down to a place on the lower level that was not being cleaned, and emergency medical services were called. The EMTs trea ted her and took her to the local hospital. There, she was treated and released four hours later. She was not hospitalized. She could return right back to work. Post-incident testing by the employer with simulation showed no exposures above the permissible exposure level (PEL). The plant shut down for the season before the Cal/OSHA inspection began.
Keywords: agriculture, belt conveyor, bleach, cleaning, eye, food processing, overcome by vapors, respiratory, sodium hypochlorite
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1353533.015 39 F Non Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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