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Accident: 128763.015 - Employee Is Injured When Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 128763.015 -- Report ID: 0950673 -- Event Date: 08/02/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1487568.01508/12/2020Land O'Lakes, Inc.
At 9:00 a.m. on August 2, 2020, an employee was cleaning Butter Printers 11 and 12 using a clean-in-place sanitation system. A coworker had connected chemical s upply tanks to the incorrect lines causing incompatible chemicals to be introduc ed into system. When the employee began the cleaning, chemicals were pumped into the mix tank and a chemical reaction occurred releasing chlorine gas exposing h im and coworkers in the surrounding areas. Coworkers were evacuated from the are a and the employee suffered acute exposure to chlorine gas and was hospitalized to treat acute hypoxemic respiratory failure, chemical pneumonitis, pneumonia, a nd pleuritic chest pain.
Keywords: chemical exposure, chemical reaction, chest pain, chlorine, cleaning, cleaning fluid, gas, inhalation, respiratory
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1487568.015 56 M Hospitalized injury

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