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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170568034 - Six Employees Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 170568034 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 06/23/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11506805806/29/19948062Samaritan Health System, Inc.
A water treatment subcontractor servicing bulk vessels of sodium hypochlorite and sulfuric acid asked a hospital maintenance employee to place a hose in a small tank in the boiler room. The hospital employee did as asked and allowed sulfuric acid to be transferred to the sodium hypochlorite tank. This generated chlorine gas, which then entered the ventilation system. The hospital evacuated 20 patients and 35 staff members. Employees #1 through #6, hospital workers, were sent to their own hospital emergency room(s), examined and released. The estimated gas release was less than 10 lb.
Keywords: respiratory, sodium hypochlorite, ventilation, work rules, inhalation, gas, chlorine, chemical reaction, sulfuric acid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
2 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
3 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
4 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers
5 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Dieticians
6 115068058 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers

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