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Accident: 170831762 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Chlorine Gas Exposure

Accident: 170831762 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 12/31/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11954858401/02/19989621City Of Frostburg Water Treatment Plant
Employees #1 and #2 were replacing the seal on a leaking cylinder of compressed chlorine gas. They were not wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, but were attempting to do the job while holding their breath. Employee #1, who was exposed for two minutes, was killed. He had an existing heart condition that was aggravated by overexposure to the chlorine gas. Employee #2 was exposed for five minutes; he sustained injuries but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: maintenance, ppe, work rules, compressed gas, inhalation, chlorine, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, overexposure, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119548584 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Water and sewage treatment plant operators
2 119548584 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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