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Accident: 170068126 - Employee Suffers Chemical Burn

Accident: 170068126 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 09/02/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11952391809/30/19931711Extensive Mechanical Services, Inc.
Employee #1 was assigned to a routine coil cleaning and refrigerant recharge of a commercial HVAC system. To do so, he was transferring a product known as con-coil (contains phosphoric acid, hydrofluoric acid, and glycol butyl ether) from its original container to a pressurized spray container. The transfer was executed without any chemical protective clothing nor any convenient running water for personal washing. After the con-coil soaked through protective coveralls, delayed reaction started destruction of the skin tissues. Employee #1 transported himself by company vehicle to the emergency room of a hospital 20 minutes away. The vehicle was not equipped with neutralizers or antidotes as specified in the product's material safety data sheet. The contaminated clothing was not removed until Employee #1 was in the emergency room.
Keywords: protective clothing, hydrofluoric acid, work rules, cleaning, construction, phosphoric acid, chemical reaction, chemical burn, skin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119523918 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics

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