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Accident: 170061220 - Employees Sent To Hospital After Exposure To Xylene

Accident: 170061220 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 02/28/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11115333402/28/19956513Vac Limited Dba Triangle Communities
On February 27, 1995, employees began removing carpet from the weight room of Duke Manor Club House, using xylene to dissolve the carpet mastic. Maintenance and office employees were exposed to xylene. Between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. on February 28, employees continued to use the xylene to remove the carpet until the fire department arrived after responding to a complaint. They evacuated the building and using an AIM 3350 multi-gas meter, detected xylene levels of 800 ppm in the weight room and 300 ppm in the office. EMS sent all employees exposed to the xylene to Durham County Hospital, where they were examined and released.
Keywords: office area, xylene, air contamination, overexposure, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Managers, properties and real estate
2 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
3 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Secretaries
4 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
5 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
6 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Secretaries
7 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Secretaries
8 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Secretaries
9 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
10 111153334 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers

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