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Accident: 14214977 - 3 Construction Workers Injured When Exposed To Toxic Fumes

Accident: 14214977 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/24/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542585408/27/19871731Bryant Electric Co. Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542561508/27/19873339Englehard Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542585408/27/19871731Bryant Electric Co. Inc.
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
Keywords: respiratory, ammonia, inhalation, toxic fumes, hydrochloric acid, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105425854 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Electricians
2 105425854 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Electricians
3 105425615 Occupation Not Listed
4 105425854 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Electricians

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