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Accident: 14479778 - Fire Fighters Possibly Exposed To Noxious Gas

Accident: 14479778 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 09/21/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11955744509/21/19943812Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Employees #1 through #9, members of a company's trained fire brigade, responded to a fire inside a downdraft exhaust booth in a grinding room. The employees, using fire extinguishers and water through a 1 1/2 in. hose line, were able to keep the fire confined to the downdraft booth's filter compartment. The fire was difficult to suppress with the portable extinguishers and was eventually put out with water. Emergency personnel and the company nurse decided to send the employees to area hospitals to be examined for possible exposure to carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other noxious gases. The employees, suffering no symptoms, returned to work the next day. The investigation revealed that the company's fire brigade procedures and training were adequate and that the employees did not go beyond their authority while fighting the fire. No citations related to this accident were recommended.
Keywords: firefighter, fire, fire brigade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
2 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Specified mechanics and repairers
3 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Engineering technicians, n.e.c.
4 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Electrical and electronic technicians
5 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Engineering technicians, n.e.c.
6 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Machinists
7 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Machinists
8 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Machinists
9 119557445 Hospitalized injury Other Machinists

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