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Accident: 170241152 - Three Employees Ill After Being Exposed To Chlorine

Accident: 170241152 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 06/08/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11542742906/13/19945461El Ranchito Foods Inc
Employees #1 and #2 were removing a regulator from a 150 lb chlorine cylinder to install a cap for transportation. The seal on the tank was corroded and, when the regulator was removed, it failed, releasing chlorine gas into the air. Employee #1 went one way to evacuate the area, Employee #2 the other. Employee #1 found out that Employee #3 was inside the building and ran inside to retrieve her. Employees #1 and #3 were treated at the site and then transported to the hospital, where they were kept overnight for observation.
Keywords: inadequate maint, work rules, inhalation, equipment failure, chlorine, air contamination, corrosion, gas leak, seal, evacuation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115427429 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 115427429 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 115427429 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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