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Accident: 171043300 - Five Employees Exposed To Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 171043300 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 07/25/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11524454307/26/19974222D & E Packing Inc
Employees #1 through #5 and approximately 95 coworkers were packing cherries on three packing and sorting lines when they were exposed to carbon monoxide in quantities sufficient to induce generally recognized symptoms. The primary source of the carbon monoxide was thought to have been propane-powered forklifts, but the facility also had propane-fueled hot water heaters and an apple dryer, both of which contributed to the presence of carbon monoxide. An investigation revealed no other potential sources of carbon monoxide. At the time of the incident, one of the facility's ventilation exhaust fan systems was shut down.
Keywords: vapor, ventilation, inhalation, industrial truck, exhaust fumes, propane, chemical vapor, poisoning, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115244543 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 115244543 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 115244543 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 115244543 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 115244543 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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