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Accident: 170126890 - Employees Suffer Respiratory Irritation

Accident: 170126890 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 08/25/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11505272208/31/19923089Victor Plastics Inc.
Plastic residue caught fire in a plastic extrusion molding machine and spread to the machine's ventilation duct. The plant's on site fire brigade used 12 extinguishers to put out the fire. The contents of the extinguishers--monoammonium phosphate, an inert dust--spread through the plant's production area, causing Employees #1 through #10 to suffer respiratory irritation and distress. The plant was evacuated. Paramedics arrived and administered oxygen to the employees and sent them to area hospitals. The oxygen and the stress caused by the evacuation elevated blood pressure in these employees, according to the emergency team personnel. Employees #1 through #3 were admitted to the hospital for observation. Employees #4 through #10 were examined at another hospital and released.
Keywords: respiratory, fire extinguisher, molding machine, fire, inhalation, plastic mfg, fire brigade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115052722 Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
2 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
3 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
4 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
5 115052722 Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
6 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
7 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
8 115052722 Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
9 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
10 115052722 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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