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Accident: 170614739 - Employee Suffers Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Accident: 170614739 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 01/16/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566435902/13/19970179Naumes Inc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on January 16, 1997, Employee #1 was inspecting 55-gallon drum lines as part of an assignment to inspect and clean the drum after flooding had inundated the building and its contents. Two propane-fueled forklift trucks were moving pallets of drums within the building and from the interior to outside the building. The forklifts spent a good portion of the time parked and idling in the work area. In addition, two emergency generators were operating within 100 ft of the work area, just outside the building. Within one hour, Employee #1 began to get a headache. The headache worsened and she became dizzy as the moving progressed; by the morning break, her headache and dizziness were pronounced. At 12:00 noon, when the group took a lunch break, she lost consciousness. Paramedics responded within seven minutes and she was transported to Rideout Hospital, where she was observed and released at 4:20 p.m. the same day.
Keywords: unconsciousness, ventilation, agriculture, headache, inhalation, industrial truck, exhaust fumes, chemical vapor, poisoning, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125664359 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Inspectors, agricultural products

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