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Accident: 14380067 - Six Employees Hospitalized After Inhaling Chlorine Gas

Accident: 14380067 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 05/26/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10137390005/26/19877213The United Service Company
At approximately 5:05 a.m. on May 26, 1987, Employee #1 was performing routine checks of the liquid levels in the chemical storage tanks in a washroom. He started to pump what he thought was acid from an acid-labeled drum into the "sour" tank, which did contain acid. In fact, the liquid in the drum was bleach that had been diluted in preparation for use by an unknown worker. The bleach reacted with the acid, producing chlorine gas. Employees #1 through #6 were at their regular work stations when the gas cloud went through the plant. They were all hospitalized.
Keywords: bleach, work rules, inhalation, storage tank, chlorine, air contamination, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
6 101373900 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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