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Accident: 14542856 - Employees Exposed To High Levels Of Carbon Dioxide

Accident: 14542856 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 10/19/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
120010410/20/19842015Cagles Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
120009610/20/19849641Us Department Of Agriculture
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
120010410/20/19842015Cagles Inc
AT APPROXIMATELY 9 AM ON OCTOBER 19, 1984, 15 EMPLOYEES OF CAGLE'S, INC. BECAME ILL AT WORK. THEY EXHIBITED SYMPTOMS OF DIZZINESS, WEAKNESS, SWEATING, AND LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. THEY WERE SEEN BY VARIOUS CLINICS, PRIVATE PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS AND TREATED FOR CARBON DIOXIDE EXPOSURE. THE COMPANY, WHICH SLAUGHTERS AND DEBONES CHICKENS, USES A CARBON DIOXIDE COOLING SYSTEM IN THE MEAT PACKING DEPARTMENT. THE CHICKEN MEAT IS QUICK-COOLED AS IT FLOWS BY, ON A CONVEYOR, ON ITS WAY TO LARGE VATS. CARBON DIOXIDE "HORNS" PERIODICALLY FORCE DRY ICE FLAKES INTO THE CONTAINERS OF MEAT. AN INADEQUATE VENTILATION SYSTEM ALLOWED THE CARBON DIOXIDE TO FLOW OVER THE VAT SIDES AND ACCUMULATE IN THE CHICKEN DE-BONING AREA, WHERE THE 15 AFFECTED EMPLOYEES WORKED. THE COMPANY HAS SINCE MADE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO THE VENTILATION SYSTEM, LOWERING THE CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS TO LESS THAN 5,000 PPM, ON AVERAGE.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, respiratory, unconsciousness, inhalation, dizziness, ventilation, carbon dioxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
2 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
3 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
4 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
5 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
6 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
7 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
8 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
9 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
10 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
11 1200096 Occupation Not Listed
12 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
13 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
14 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
15 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products
16 1200104 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products

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