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Accident: 14299358 - Employee Hospitalized Briefly For Chlorine Exposure

Accident: 14299358 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 10/28/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
282079311/05/19859311Anne Arundel County Government
Employee #1 was changing a chlorine cylinder at a water treatment plant when a connection between the 150 lb cylinder and a regulator leaked. He tried two times to tighten the connection, but failed. Employee #1 suffered severe coughing and throat irritation and was hospitalized for a few hours for therapy and supportive care. The causal factor was most likely a lead washer that did not seat properly when the connection was tightened. Employee #1 had received minimal training on changing cylinders; he had changed one or two by himself. He used PPE but had not received training in its use.
Keywords: leak, ppe, work rules, chlorine, toxic fumes, untrained, accidental discharge, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2820793 Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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