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Accident: 14236277 - Employees Exposed To Toxic Atmosphere From Chemical Reaction

Accident: 14236277 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 08/01/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10205910208/05/19867011Edgewater Hotel & Casino
EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #10 WERE WORKING IN OR NEAR THE DISHWASHING AREA. THEY WERE OVERCOME BY TOXIC GASES GIVEN OFF BY THE ACCIDENTAL MIXTURE OF BLEACH AND HYDROCHLORIC ACID. THE BLEACH WAS IN A SINK BEING USED TO DISINFECT POTS AND PANS. A ONE GALLON PLASIC BOTTLE OF HYDROCHLORIC ACID WAS STORED ON A SHELF LOCATED TWO FEET ABOVE THE SINK. THE HYDROCHLORIC ACID BOTTLE SOMEHOW WAS PUNCTURED, ALLOWING THE ACID TO SPILL INTO THE BLEACH IN THE SINK. THE CHEMICAL REACTION WHICH RESULTED EMITTED TOXIC GASES, CAUSING EMPLOYEE COMPLAINTS OF LUNG IRRITATION AND BREATHING DIFFICULTIES. ALL THE AFFECTED EMPLOYEES WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR OVERNIGHT OBSERVATION, AND WERE RELEASED THE NEXT DAY.
Keywords: respiratory, hydrochloric acid, bleach, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, chemical reaction, spill
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Waiters and waitresses
2 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, general office
3 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Kitchen workers, food preparation
4 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Waiters and waitresses
5 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Kitchen workers, food preparation
6 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Waiters and waitresses
7 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Kitchen workers, food preparation
8 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Kitchen workers, food preparation
9 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Waiters and waitresses
10 102059102 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Cooks, except short order

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