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Accident: 170054159 - Employees Overexposed To Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 170054159 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/13/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1849485608/14/19912391American Lockstitch Corp.
On August 14, 1991, Employees #1 through #23, of American Lockstitch Corp. were working on drapes and accessories in a plant. A propane-powered forklift truck was being used to load and unload boxes from delivery trucks and move materials inside the plant. The forklift driver had used his truck for approximately 5 hours; the motor was actually running for 2 hours. The air conditioning system recirculated air inside the plant rather than using air from outside, and two bay doors were the only source of ventilation. By the 2:00 p.m. break, most of the employees were experiencing headaches, and several had been nauseous. The plant manager was aware of the problem and evacuated the plant at 2:30 p.m. Twenty-nine employees were seen at Stanley Memorial Hospital. Four of these were admitted and four were taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. Carboxyhemoglobin levels ranged from 0.0 percent to 21.7 percent. Back calculation of exposure levels were up to 356.2 ppm, as 8-hour time weighted average in air based on the Biological Exposure Index as found in the Documentation of Biological Exposure Indices, 1986.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, ventilation, inhalation, industrial truck, air contamination, exhaust fumes, propane, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
6 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
7 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
8 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
9 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
10 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
11 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
12 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
13 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
14 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
15 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
16 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
17 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
18 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
19 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
20 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
21 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers
22 18494856 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
23 18494856 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers

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