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Accident: 14199905 - Fire In Degreasing Tank Released Irritating Vapor

Accident: 14199905 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 07/17/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
281341807/18/19853679Allied/Bendix Aerospace
THE WORKERS IN THIS AREA PERFORMED SOLDERING ASSEMBLY AND PRODUCTION WORK ON ELECTRONICS PARTS. THE PARTS ARE PLACED INTO THE DEGREASER AFTER SOLDERING TO CLEAN OFF THE FLUX. ON THIS PARTICULAR DAY THE DEGREASING TANK CONTAINED RESIDUAL 1,1,1 TRICHLOROETHANE. THE FLUX CAUGHT FIRE, RELEASING SMOKE AND VAPOR INTO THE ROOM. ABOUT 45 MINUTES AFTER THE FIRE HAD BEEN EXTINGUISHED THE EMPLOYEES BEGAN COMPLAINING OF BURNING EYES, SORE THROATS AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. MOST OF THEM WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION. THE FIRE APPEARED TO BE CAUSED BY EITHER A DROP IN FLUID LEVEL, WHICH ALLOWED THE THERMOSTAT TO OVERHEAT AND IGNITE THE FIRE, OR A FAILURE TO TURN OFF THE HEATING ELEMENT WHEN THE DEGREASER WAS NOT IN USE.
Keywords: eye, respiratory, throat, trichloroethane, fire, degreaser, smoke, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
2 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
3 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
4 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Assemblers
5 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, production occupations
6 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
7 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
8 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
9 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
10 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Assemblers
11 2813418 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Assemblers
12 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
13 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
14 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
15 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
16 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
17 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Assemblers
18 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
19 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
20 2813418 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Assemblers

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