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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170670442 - Employees Exposed To Freon From A/C System

Accident: 170670442 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 04/12/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1800334304/13/19950742Animal Medical Care,Inc.Dba Marietta Animal Clinic
Employee #1 went into an attic to check the building's air conditioning system. While he inspected the inside of an A/C unit, a white gas, believed to be freon-22, was suddenly discharged into his face. Employee #2 was working in the lab/pharmacy area and heard a hissing sound from the attic. He went to the base of the attic stairs to investigate and saw a white gas and Employee #1 coming from the attic. Employee #3 was in the basement washing and dipping a dog when he noticed the white gas entering the basement. He immediately left the basement. Employee #4 was in the reception area. Employees #1 through #4 evacuated the animals from the facility, exposing themselves to the white gas in the process. Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 were treated at the scene, then transported to local hospital emergency rooms and released that day. Employee #1 returned to the emergency room later that evening with symptoms of a possible heart condition. He was treated and released that evening.
Keywords: heart, respiratory, ventilation, agriculture, freon, air contamination, toxic fumes, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18003343 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 18003343 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 18003343 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 18003343 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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