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Accident: 170072789 - Employees Suffer Carbon Monoxide Exposure From Zamboni

Accident: 170072789 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 07/14/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11113803807/14/19927999Skatemor Ice House, Inc.
At 12:45 p.m. on July 14, 1992, the Skatemor Ice House was evacuated due to buildup of carbon monoxide from a propane-powered Zamboni ice resurfacer. The Raleigh Hazardous Materials Team measured 208 ppm of carbon monoxide and 480 ppm carbon monoxide after operating the Zamboni for 4 minutes. Of the 90 children who were at the rink attending a Raleigh Youth Hockey Association Camp, 55 children reported headaches, 30 were nauseated, and 6 were transported to the hospital. Employees #1 and #2 were transported to the Western Wake Medical Center, but were not admitted. Poor ventilation of the ice rink and inadequate maintenance of the Zamboni (tuning the machine to keep carbon monoxide emissions as low as possible) were major factors contributing to the poisoning.
Keywords: ventilation, emergency response, inadequate maint, headache, nausea, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111138038 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Automobile mechanic apprentices
2 111138038 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Food counter, fountain and related occupations

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