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Accident: 14312169 - 9 Employees Hospitalized Because Of Exposure To Toxic Fumes

Accident: 14312169 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 03/17/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10019192303/19/19863357Molecu Wire Corporation, Div. Of Superior Tube
AT APPROXIMATELY 8 AM ON MARCH 17, 1986, THE HEAT EXCHANGER, WHICH HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN OVER THE WEEK-END, WAS BEING CLEANED BY AN AUTOMATIC COIL CLEANING SYSTEM INSIDE THE HEAT EXCHANGER. THE CLEANING SOLUTION USED WAS TRICHLOROETHYLENE. THE HEAT EXCHANGER WAS NOT IN OPERATION. FROM THE COILS, VAPOR WAS DRAWN BACK THROUGH THE EXHAUST LINES ABOVE THE ENAMEL OVENS, WHICH WERE ALSO OFF, INTO THE ENAMEL ROOM. NINE EMPLOYEES WERE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL EXPERIENCING HEADACHES, NAUSEA, AND DIZZINESS.
Keywords: respiratory, headache, cleaning, inhalation, nausea, dizziness, toxic fumes, trichlorethylene
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
6 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
7 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
8 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
9 100191923 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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