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Accident: 14455794 - Employee'S Lungs Irritated By Copper Chloride Fumes

Accident: 14455794 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 12/17/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
326513912/17/19853679J R Utah Inc.
Employee #1, a machine operator, arrived at the beginning of his shift and began using an inner-layer etching machine. He did not check the machine's chlorine flow valve since it normally did not need adjusting. During the previous shift, janitorial workers had inadvertently bumped the valve to a higher-than-normal setting. As Employee #1's shift progressed, the etching machine became overchlorinated and began to release copper chloride fumes. Employee #1's lungs became irritated from inhaling the fumes and he was sent to the industrial clinic. He was transferred to Holy Cross Hospital for evaluation, then returned to work.
Keywords: lung, ventilation, work rules, inhalation, chlorine, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3265139 Non Hospitalized injury Other Patternmakers, lay-out workers, and cutters

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