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Accident: 170607154 - Employee Overcome By Vapors From Cleaning Chemicals

Accident: 170607154 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 12/19/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On December 19, 1992, an employee was assigned to clean the back patio area. He wanted to get the area extremely clean so he mixed two chemical cleaning products together--bleach and Limeaway, which contains 30 percent phosphoric acid. Because he did not read or speak English, he was unaware of what he was mixing. Immediately thereafter, a white chemical acid vapor appeared and began to move toward the kitchen's back entrance. Employee #1 was near the back entrance and began suffering shortness of breath and a burning in his throat. The assistant manager assisted him to the walk-in freezer so he could catch his breath. In addition to experiencing the other symptoms, Employee #1 began to feel sick to his stomach and began hyperventilating. The paramedics arrived and administered oxygen to him and took him to San Antonio Hospital.
Keywords: bleach, work rules, cleaning, nausea, phosphoric acid, chemical vapor, overexposure, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119966737 Hospitalized injury Other Cooks, except short order

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