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Accident: 118169.015 - Employee Is Overcome By Chlorine While Changing Regulator

Accident: 118169.015 -- Report ID: 0355121 -- Event Date: 05/23/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1404020.01505/28/2019Ingleside Plantation, Inc.
At 11:00 a.m. on May 23, 2019, an employee was removing a regulator from a chlor ine gas cylinder to perform yearly maintenance and repacking. When the employee attempted the close the shutoff valve, the valve malfunctioned and stopped turni ng while still slightly open without the employee's knowledge. When the employee removed the regulator chlorine gas escaped. The employee removed himself from t he area and donned a full face respirator with total gas cartridges without insp ecting the seals or valves. He proceeded to reenter the area to attempt to fully close the chlorine cylinder shutoff valve when he began it become overwhelmed b y the gas. The employee exited the area to catch his breath before reentry. He r epeated this 2 to 3 times before successfully closing the shutoff valve. The emp loyee then left the area and a coworker called EMS. The employee suffered a toxi c exposure and chemical burns to the lungs and respiratory system and was hospit alized.
Keywords: chemical burn, chemical exposure, chlorine, chlorine room, compressed gas, cylinder, emergency response, gas, gas leak, inhalation, lung, maintenance, malfunction, open valve, poisoning, regulator valve, respirator, r
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1404020.015 40 M Hospitalized injury

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