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Accident: 170738371 - Ten Employees Inhale Smoke From Fire

Accident: 170738371 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 06/03/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12026380106/03/19949511California State Of Air Resources Board
At approximately 6:20 a.m. on June 3, 1994, Employee #1 checked the charging of a sodium sulfur battery-powered vehicle. Everything checked out OK. At 6:30 a.m., Employee #2 heard a sizzling sound outside Annex IV where the vehicle was charging. Smelling a sulfur odor, Employee #2 rolled up the garage door, saw flames on the driver's side back wheel well, and grabbed the ABC extinguisher. The extinguisher was ineffective. Employee #2 went in the building and told one person to call 911 and a second person to call Employee #1. Before the fire department arrived, Employees #2, #4, #8, and #10 fought the fire with the ABC extinguisher, Halons, and two dry chemical extinguishers. At 6:40 a.m., Employees #1 and #7 moved the vehicle away from the Annex IV building. At approximately 6:45 a.m., the fire department arrived. The fire fighters reviewed MSDS and phoned ABB for fire fighting advice. Employees #6 and #9 opened the back doors of the vehicle for the fire department to spray inside with water. Then the fire department took over. Employees #1 through #10 were treated for smoke inhalation. Annex IV was evacuated and the building's HVAC shut down. HAZMAT and AQMD responded. The employer was cited for violations of T8CCR 3203(a)(7)(D), general; 3220(c)(1), general; 3203(4)(B), serious; and 5144(c), serious.
Keywords: battery, vehicle, emergency response, work rules, battery charger, fire, sulfur, smoke inhalation, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
10 120263801 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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