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Accident: 14475958 - Smoke Inhalation

Accident: 14475958 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 04/18/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
167424104/23/19843555The Hamilton Tool Company
ON APRIL 18, 1984, AT 7:30 PM, A FIRE WAS DISCOVERED IN AN INDOOR DUMPSTER. EMPLOYEES AT FIRST ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. THE SMOKE AND FUMES WERE TOO IRRITATING, SO SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING RESPIRATORS WERE USED, ALONG WITH A STANDPIPE HOSE MANNED BY FIRE BRIDADE MEMBERS. THE AREA WAS NORMALLY VACANT AND CONTAINED DRUMS OF SOLVENT, OIL, AND LUBRICANT WHICH EMPLOYEES OCCASIONALLY RETRIEVED. THE FIRE WAS DISCOVERED DURING ONE SUCH RETRIEVAL. OF THE EIGHT HOSPITALIZED WORKERS FROM THE SHOP, ONLY ONE HAD INITIALLY TRIED TO FIGHT THE FIRE. THE OTHER SEVEN SUFFERED NAUSEA AND EYE AND/OR THROAT IRRITATION AFTER RETURNING TO THEIR WORK STATIONS AT 9 PM. (THEY HAD EVACUATED THE PLANT AT 7:40 - 7:45 PM.) THEY WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. ALL BUT ONE WAS TREATED WITH OXYGEN AND RELEASED AFTER TESTS.
Keywords: eye, throat, standpipe, fire, inhalation, nausea, scba, smoke, fire brigade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 1674241 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 1674241 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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