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Accident: 170121545 - 18 Employees Inhale Nitric Acid

Accident: 170121545 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 03/29/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12524330303/30/19954215United Parcel Service, Inc.
During the handling process through the shipping facility, a container of nitric acid was damaged and a gallon of the chemical leaked and reacted with the cardboard container, causing first a nitric acid vapor and then a fire. The manager of the building evacuated the facility and notified the fire department. Emergency medical personnel were also called; they evaluated patients on site and transported Employees #1 through #8 to the hospital. The employer allowed any concerned employees access to medical attention. Of the 18 employees medically evaluated, none were admitted to the hospital. All of the 18 employees evaluated were released to perform normal job duties at the next normal workshift.
Keywords: fire, inhalation, air contamination, chemical reaction, nitric acid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
2 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Traffic, shipping and receiving clerks
3 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Traffic, shipping and receiving clerks
4 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
5 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
6 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
7 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
8 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
9 125243303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.

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