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Accident: 170740005 - Employee Exposed To Chemicals

Accident: 170740005 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 08/01/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12620921208/06/19970179Paramount Farms
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on August 1, 1997, Employee #1, of Paramount Farms, Lost Hills, CA, was in an almond hopper located over the hand sorting area in building #48 . He was stripping the paint from the hopper using Lifteeze paint and varnish remover, which contained methylene chloride, methanol, acetone, toluene, and wax. Employee #1 was overcome by the fumes in the small space and fell unconscious. He was found by coworkers, who removed him from the hopper. Medical aid was sought, and Employee #1 was airlifted to Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. He was later transferred to University Hospital Burn Center, Fresno.
Keywords: unconsciousness, agriculture, methylene chloride, work rules, inhalation, acetone, toluene, toxic fumes, chemical, hopper
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126209212 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Farm workers

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