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Accident: 14387310 - Inhalation Of Paint And Solvent Vapors

Accident: 14387310 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 02/25/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
234524703/05/19854011Chicago And Northwestern Transportation Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
234523903/08/19851721New Finish Electro Paint Works Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
234524703/05/19854011Chicago And Northwestern Transportation Company
ON FEBRUARY 25 AND 26, 1985, EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY'S PROVISO YARDS BECAME ILL FROM EXPOSURE TO A SPRAY PAINTING OPERATION. AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR HAD BEEN HIRED TO DO ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY FINISHING OF THE METAL OFFICE FURNITURE IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING. NO VENTILATION WAS PROVIDED, OTHER THAN THE NORMAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM. THE PAINT BEING SPRAYED WAS AN EPOXY POLYAMIDE RESIN. THE CLEANING SOLVENT USED WAS METHYL ETHYL KETONE. THE EMPLOYEES COMPLAINED OF SUCH SYMPTOMS AS HEADACHE, NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIZZINESS, CONFUSION, DIFFICULT BREATHING, RAPID PULSE AND GENERAL WEAKNESS. TWO EMPLOYEES WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE. THE REMAINING EMPLOYEES WENT TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM ON THEIR OWN. THE EMPLOYEES WHO BECAME ILL WERE WORKING AT THEIR DESKS, DOING THEIR REGULARLY ASSIGNED TASKS. THERE WAS NO SUBSTANTIAL SEPARATION BETWEEN THEIR WORK AREA AND THE SPRAY PAINTING OPERATION.
Keywords: inhalation, dizziness, paint solvent, mek, vapor, ventilation, headache, nausea, paint, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 2345247 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 2345239 Occupation Not Listed
7 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
10 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
11 2345247 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
12 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
13 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
14 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
15 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
16 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
17 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
18 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
19 2345247 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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