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Accident: 170209035 - Employee Inhales Smoke And Unknown Chemical Vapors

Accident: 170209035 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 04/01/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11202351004/01/19924953All Chemical Disposal, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11202360104/07/19921541Tanklage Construction Co. Inc.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on April 1, 1992, at All Chemical Disposal Inc., Employee #1 and a coworker were putting various chemicals into a dumpster that already contained hazardous waste. A characterization of the hazardous materials being bulked had not been performed and their compatibility with the chemicals was not known. A chemical reaction between the chemicals and the hazardous waste led to a fire. Employees were wearing protective equipment, including respirators. Employee #1 left the area and went into an office to call for emergency assistance. He suffered exposure to chemical vapors and smoke when he removed his respirator to place the telephone call. He also experienced tightness in the chest and blurred vision.
Keywords: lung, work rules, inhalation, hazardous waste, respirator, fire, construction, chemical reaction, smoke, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112023510 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 112023601 Occupation Not Listed

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