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Accident: 115464.015 - Employee Experiences Multiple Symptoms When Exposed To Carbo

Accident: 115464.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 02/19/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1380771.01502/22/2019Iowa State University
At 4:45 p.m. on February 19, 2019, an employee was working for a land grant university. He arrived at work, reviewed the list of tasks to be done, and chose to power wash a swine nursery. The swine nursery comprised four 1.5-meter by 3-meter (5-foot by 10-foot) pens that needed to be power washed. The swine nursery was not equipped with electrical components, so a gasoline-powered power washer had to be used. The water hook up was inside the nursery area. Two hose lengths were attached. The hose lengths were not long enough to set the machine fully outside, so the power washer was placed with a wheel propping open the outside door. The employee began power washing the swine nursery. After approximately an hour of work, he started feeling symptoms: headache, blurred vision, weakness, and dizziness. He turned everything off and noticed the the outside door was partially closed (cracked open) from the wind. The employee walked to the pavilion, falling down from dizziness a few times. He was suffering from elevated carboxyhemoglobin blood levels. He was hospitalized. Later, he was transferred to a different hospital to receive hyperbaric chamber treatments. Following the employee's exposure, it was determined that the employee had been exposed to a concentration of 150.4 parts carbon monoxide per million parts of air for an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The exposure concentration was determined by the employee's carboxyhemoglobin (%COHb) medical blood gas measurement.
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, carboxyhemoglobin, dizziness, confined space, carbon monoxide, toxic fumes, ventilation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1380771.015 29 M Hospitalized injury Asphyxia

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