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Accident: 14543672 - Overcome By Carbon Monoxide Gas

Accident: 14543672 -- Report ID: 0317740 -- Event Date: 01/17/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1300830501/17/19842038Pet Inc
ON 1/17/84 EMPLOYEES WORKING ON THE FRENCH TOAST LINE BEGAN EXPERIENCING FATIGUE, NAUSEA, ETC. AND COMPLAINED OF SMELLING FUMES. THEY WERE REMOVED FROM THE WORK AREA AT APPROXIMIATELY 8:30 AM. AND TAKEN TO ALLENTOWN OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL, WHERE LEVELS OF CARBOXYHEMOGLOBIN LEVELS IN THE BLOOD WERE MEASURED. THESE LEVELS INDICATED HIGH EXPOSURE (400-700PPM) TO CARBON MONOXIDE. THE CAUSE OF THE EXPOSURE WAS BELIEVED TO BE EXHAUST FROM THE GAS-FIRED HEAT EXCHANGER WHICH HEATS THE FRENCH TOAST OIL. THE EMPLOYER BELIEVES THAT OVERCAST WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSED THE EXHAUST TO REENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE SPACE BETWEEN THE EXHAUST STACK AND THE ROOF. THIS HAS BEEN CORRECTED BY FILLING THIS SPACE WITH INSULATING PACKING MATERIAL AND BY EXTENDING THE STACK FROM ITS ORIGINAL 4 FOOT HEIGHT ABOVE THE ROOF TO ABOUT 12 FEET. DURING THE DAY THE REMAINING INDIVIDUALS IN THE AREA REPORTED SIMILAR SYMPTOMS TO THE EMPLOYER AND WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL. ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE RELEASED AFTER BLOOD TESTS AND EXAMINATIONS. THE ORIGINAL FOUR HOWEVER, WERE ADMITTED OVERNIGHT AND TREATED WITH OXYGEN IN A HYPERBARIC CHAMBER.
Keywords: fatigue, inhalation, nausea, heat exchanger, carboxyhemoglobin, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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10 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
11 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
12 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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14 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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19 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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28 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
29 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
30 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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34 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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36 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
37 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
38 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
39 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
40 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
41 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
42 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
43 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
44 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
45 13008305 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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