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Accident: 170055586 - Fifteen Employees Suffer Carbon Monoxide Overexposure

Accident: 170055586 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 06/27/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1849443506/28/19903535Turbo Conveyor
On June 27, 1990, most of the first shift employees were inventorying the plant. Two propane-powered forklifts were being used to move parts from one end of the plant to the other to be weight-counted. The two spray booths in the plant were the only source of exhaust ventilation. They were shut off at 1:00 p.m. By this time, most of the employees had headaches. Symptoms including headaches, dizziness, and nausea became apparent between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The plant was evacuated at approximately 4:30 p.m. Employees #1 through #15 went or were taken to hospitals. No employees were admitted. Carboxyhemoglobin levels were 17.2 percent to 19.6 percent. Back calculation of exposure levels was 209 ppm to 257 ppm as 8 hours time weighted averages in air.
Keywords: ventilation, headache, inhalation, nausea, industrial truck, dizziness, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Welders and cutters
2 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Misc. metal,plastic,stone&glass-working mach. op's
3 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Punching and stamping press machine operators
4 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Welders and cutters
5 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Assemblers
6 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Welders and cutters
7 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
8 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Welders and cutters
9 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Misc. electrical & electronic equipment repairers
10 18494435 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Punching and stamping press machine operators

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