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Accident: 170572820 - Nine Employees Suffer From Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Accident: 170572820 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/27/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30175041007/01/19972211The Bibb Company, Inc.
On June 27, 1997, the B shift was working from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the cloth room when at about 2:30 p.m., several cloth graders began experiencing headaches. The employer's management began an investigation of the cause of the complaints, calling in the local fire department, who monitored for carbon monoxide. A large inventory of cloth was in the room and two propane-powered fork trucks were operating almost continuously. Employees #1 through #9 were sent to the hospital, where blood samples registered carboxyhemoglobin levels of 3.4, 6.6, 11.7, 6.5, 16.2, 11.1, 7.6, 10.4 and 7.5, respectively, indicating an overexposure to carbon monoxide. At 5:30 p.m., levels of carbon monoxide were recorded at 10 and 13 ppm. A leading dock door was raised and fans brought in to increase ventilation.
Keywords: ventilation, work rules, inhalation, industrial truck, air contamination, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, poisoning, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
2 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors, production occupations
3 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
4 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
5 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
6 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
7 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
8 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural
9 301750410 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Graders and sorters, except agricultural

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