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Accident: 171063308 - Employees Sustain Bromide Toxicity While Spraying Adhesive

Accident: 171063308 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 02/05/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30540061602/11/20032299Marx Industries Inc.
On February 5, 2003, Employees #1 through #3 were gluing foam seats for furniture using Mid-South Adhesives No. 6464 adhesive. The solvent used as a vehicle was propyl bromide or 1-bromopropane. The spray application of the adhesive was performed in glue booths without proper ventilation. Box fans provided for comfort were ineffective to dilute the propyl bromide that was in the air. Employee #1 was diagnosed with bromide toxicity from the inhalation of propyl bromide on January 16, 2003, followed by Employee #2 on January 17, 2003, and Employee #3 on February 10, 2003. All three employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: respiratory, ventilation, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, toxic fumes, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305400616 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Cementing and gluing machine operators
2 305400616 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Cementing and gluing machine operators
3 305400616 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Cementing and gluing machine operators

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