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Accident: 170239909 - Employee Becomes Ill After Exposed To Chlorine Gas Cloud

Accident: 170239909 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 10/23/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145428610/23/19913443Flohr Metal Fabricators
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145429410/23/19912421Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145428610/23/19913443Flohr Metal Fabricators
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145430210/23/19914449Puget Sound Freight Lines
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11145428610/23/19913443Flohr Metal Fabricators
Employee #1 was driving a chip truck into the east gate of the Weyerhaeuser Kraft Mill. He saw flashing lights, but the guard waved him through. As he drove on, Employee #1 smelled something acrid and thought there was an electrical fire under his dashboard. He rolled down his window as he unknowingly drove through the main chlorine escape cloud from a 4 percent caustic tank at the bleach plant. When he got to the chip dump, the dump tender told him to turn around and drive out. Employee #1 turned the truck around and drove back through the chlorine cloud to the east gate. Acute overexposure to the chlorine gas made Employee #1 very ill. He was taken to Providence Hospital in a guard's pickup truck and admitted. There was no escape respirator in the chip truck. Employees #2 and #5 were also hospitalized.
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, chlorine, toxic fumes, chemical, work rules, overexposure, respirator, gas, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111454286 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
2 111454294 Hospitalized injury Other Production samplers and weighers
3 111454286 Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters
4 111454302 Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, heavy
5 111454286 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters

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