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Accident: 123540.015 - Employee Incurs Lung Burns After Inhaling Chemicals Fumes

Accident: 123540.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 01/21/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1459149.01501/29/2020Westby Cooperative Creamery
At 9:30 p.m. on January 21, 2020, an employe was cleaning out chemical drums in a chemical cage area. The areas had a sanitation nozzle that emits 1,000 ppm of quaternary ammonia foam to control listeria growth in the area. There is only o ne drain to collect all run-off from the chemicals. As the employee was rinsing out a 55 gallon plastic drum of a chlorinated cleaner containing 8.5% sodium hy pochlorite and another drum of 75% phosphoric acid he dumped the rinse water dow n the drain. An estimate of approximately 1 cup of the chlorinated cleaner and about 1/2 gallon of the acid was dumped down the drain and mixed together creat ing toxic vapors. The employee inhaled the vapors and burned his lungs, requiri ng hospitalization.
Keywords: ammonia, bleach, chemical, chemical burn, chemical exposure, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, chlorine, cleaning, drain pipe, drum, gas, inhalation, lack of work procedures, lung, material handling, phosphoric acid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1459149.015 54 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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