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Accident: 170154850 - Six Employees Injured After Inhaling Sulfuric Acid

Accident: 170154850 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 01/15/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11221033104/29/19912711San Gabriel Tribune
At 4.00 a.m. on January 15, 1991, Employee #1, an electrician, was charging two towmotor batteries in the mailroom. The batteries had approximately 2 in. of water left in them. Employee #1 disconnected the batteries and burned off the electricity to the charging units, causing sulfuric acid vapors to be released. Employees #1 through #6 were transported to Queen of the Valley Hospital for observation. They were released the same day and lost no work time. The employer was cited for a violation of T8CCR 5185(e) because facilities had not been provided that protected the charging apparatus from damage by mobile equipment. The employer was also cited for violation of T8CCR 5185(a) for not providing an eyewash.
Keywords: battery, work rules, battery charger, inhalation, gas, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, sulfuric acid, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Printing machine operators
3 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Janitors and cleaners
4 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Janitors and cleaners
5 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Janitors and cleaners
6 112210331 Non Hospitalized injury Other Janitors and cleaners

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