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Accident: 14387260 - Inhalation Of Sulfuric Acid Fumes

Accident: 14387260 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 03/21/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
220423803/22/19851711R B Hayward Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
220426103/21/19853714Spring Div Of Borg Warner Corp
A SHEET METAL CONTRACTOR WAS PERFORMING MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK ON A VENTILATION SYSTEM. THE SCAFFOLD BEING USED BY THE CONTRACTOR'S EMPLOYEES COLLAPSED. NO EMPLOYEES WERE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE COLLAPSE, BUT THE FALLING SCAFFOLD STRUCK A KNIFE SWITCH, TURNING OFF POWER TO A FAN MOTOR. THIS TURNED OFF THE SCRUBBER WHICH COLLECTS FUMES FROM A SULFURIC ACID ETCH BATH USED FOR CLEANING PARTS. SULFURIC ACID FUMES WERE THEREFORE NOT EXHAUSTED FROM THE BUILDING, BUT COLLECTED IN THE EMPLOYEE WORK AREAS. NINE OF THE EMPLOYEES WERE TREATED FOR EXPOSUERE TO SULFURIC ACID FUMES AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM. SYMPTONS INCLUDED THROAT IRRITATION, COUGHING, HEADACHE, DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING AND EYE IRRITATION.
Keywords: inhalation, toxic fumes, sulfuric acid, eye, throat, ventilation, headache, cough
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2204238 Occupation Not Listed
2 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
10 2204261 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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