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Accident: 170239891 - Five Employees Suffer Chlorine Inhalation

Accident: 170239891 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 10/23/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145428610/23/19913443Flohr Metal Fabricators
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145430210/23/19914449Puget Sound Freight Lines
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11139783210/23/19912421Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145428610/23/19913443Flohr Metal Fabricators
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145429410/23/19912421Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
Employee #1, of Weyerhaeuser, was at the chip dump northwest of the bleach plant, dumping a chip truck. He smelled chlorine and alerted the truck driver, then flagged down another chip truck and warned the driver of a possible chlorine leak. Employee #1 then went into the chip dump office to call his supervisor. He did not activate the manual chlorine leak alarm. He picked up two escape respirators, one for the truck driver who had just driven in (the first driver had left already) and one for himself. Employee #1 told the truck driver to turn around and leave. He got in his own truck and followed that driver of the chip truck. While driving past the bleach plant, they drove right through the chlorine gas cloud, which had been emitted from a 4 percent caustic tank at ground level outside the north side of the bleach plant. Both employees, as well as the first truck driver that Employee #1 had warned, were exposed to and inhaled chlorine gas. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized. Employees #4 and #5 were exposed, but did not require hospitalization.
Keywords: leak, alarm, chlorine, tank, work rules, inhalation, overexposure, truck driver, caustic, gas
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111454286 Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
2 111454302 Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, heavy
3 111397832 Occupation Not Listed
4 111454286 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
5 111454286 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
6 111454294 Hospitalized injury Other Production samplers and weighers

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