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Accident: 14538573 - Employees Exposed To Leaking Chlorine Gas

Accident: 14538573 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 03/27/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1857903703/28/19862011Wilson Foods, Aka Fischer Packing Company
AN OUTDOOR SHED, USED TO HOUSE 2 CHLORINE CYLINDERS, WAS LOCATED IN AN ALLEY BETWEEN TWO PORTIONS OF A FACTORY. EMPLOYEE #1,INADEQUATELY TRAINED TO HANDLE COMPRESSED GASES, WAS CHARGING A CHLORINE CYLINDER WHEN HE ACCIDENTLY STRUCK THE GAS FLOW METER. GAS BEGAN ESCAPING FROM THE METER/VALVE CONNECTION. HE LEFT THE SHED TO OBTAIN A RESPIRATOR, THEN RETURNED AND TRIED TO SHUT OFF THE CYLINDER VALVE. HE WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. FINALLY TWO OTHER MEN TOOK THE CYLINDER FROM THE SHED AND SHUT THE VALVE. NINETEEN EMPLOYEES WERE TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS. MOST OF THESE EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN EITHER HELPING WITH THE PLANT EVACUATION, WORKING WITH THE LEAKING CYLINDER, OR HAD PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS. SEVEN EMPLOYEES WERE KEPT OVERNIGHT AND WERE RELEASED THE NEXT DAY.
Keywords: respiratory, compressed gas, inhalation, chlorine, valve, gas leak, untrained, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Food batchmakers
2 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Butchers and meat cutters
3 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Butchers and meat cutters
4 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Industrial machinery repairers
5 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
6 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Janitors and cleaners
7 18579037 Hospitalized injury Other Butchers and meat cutters

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