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Accident: 14304927 - Two Employees Exposed To Chlorine Gas During Gas Leak

Accident: 14304927 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 09/16/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10365707810/01/19872091Wrangell Fisheries, Inc.
IN THE RETORT AREA OF THE CANNERY, EMPLOYEE #2 WATCHED AS EMPLOYEE #1 TOOK A 150 POUND CHLORINE CYLINDER OUT OF SERVICE. EMPLOYEE #1 FAILED TO FOLLOW POSTED INSTRUCTIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE CYLINDER VALVE WAS FULLY CLOSED. WHEN THE VACUUM REGULATOR WAS REMOVED, CHLORINE GAS BEGAN ESCAPING. EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 LEFT THE AREA. EMPLOYEE #1 DONNED A SCBA AND RETURNED TO CLOSE THE VALVE. IT APPEARS THAT THE SCBA WAS WORN IN THE DEMAND MODE, WITH EMPLOYEE #1 WEARING EYEGLASSES WHICH INTERFERED WITH THE FACE SEAL. CHLORINE GAS ENTERED THE FACE PIECE. EMPLOYEE #1 TRIED TO HOLD HIS BREATH AND CLOSE THE VALVE. MINUTES LATER HE WAS FOUND BY EMPLOYEE #2 LYING ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE, GASPING FOR BREATH. EMPLOYEE 1 WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR 3 DAYS.
Keywords: respiratory, regulator valve, work rules, inhalation, chlorine, scba, valve, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103657078 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 103657078 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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