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Accident: 14225916 - Employee Killed After Inhaling Freon

Accident: 14225916 -- Report ID: 0316100 -- Event Date: 01/17/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10042392001/18/19891711Strang Mechanical
Employee #1, an air conditioning and heat pump service technician, was purging lines on related equipment utilizing Freon. He would allow air and Freon to exhaust into the atmosphere. Employee #1 had told a coworker that by smelling the exhaust lines he could distinguish distinct odors that told him when the system had been purged. Employee #1 became poisoned by Freon and died.
Keywords: construction, inhalation, freon, intoxicated, purging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100423920 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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