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Accident: 170591903 - Employee Exposed To Eto Gas During Leak

Accident: 170591903 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 11/21/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12595663111/22/19958062Riverside Community Hospital
Employee #1 was replacing empty EtO cylinders with full cylinders. When he backed off the valve connection nut, his arm was sprayed with liquid from a tank. The substance evaporated and the connection line froze progressively in the direction away from the EtO cylinder. Employee #1 followed all established tank changing procedures, but the employer did not provide any established procedures to check for EtO cylinder leaks. The electrical wiring and installations were not approved for class I, division 2 locations.
Keywords: maintenance, cylinder, ethylene oxide, work rules, inhalation, gas leak, arm, tank, accidental discharge, equipment approval
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125956631 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers

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