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Accident: 170717599 - Employee Overexposed To Water/Alcohol Mixture

Accident: 170717599 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/25/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12021192511/09/19940723Porterville Chrsyler Center
Employee #1, of Porterville Citrus, Inc., loaded a portable gas-powered spray rig with a mixture of one part water to one part isopropyl alcohol. He sprayed the walls and ceiling of three storage (sweat) rooms and reloaded the spray rig. He sprayed a second set of three rooms and then took a lunch break. Employee #1 did not use the protective gloves and face shield that he had been provided. The total exposure time was two hours. Subsequent to the exposure, Employee #1 had his gall bladder removed. He also suffers from poor liver function. Air sampling conducted with a 3:1 mixture (water:alcohol) averaged 100 ppm for a one hour exposure. PPE would not have protected him from exposure.
Keywords: alcohol, ppe, agriculture, work rules, liver, overexposure, spraying rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120211925 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Industrial machinery repairers

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