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Accident: 200100485 - Employees Hospitalized After Exposure To Epoxy Coating

Accident: 200100485 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 05/19/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30250692805/20/19993069Johnson Rubber Co.
Employees #1 through #10 began to experience symptoms after being exposed to a two-part epoxy floor coating that contained xylene, ethyl benzene, and other solvents, in addition to hexamethylene diisocyanate. The coating had been applied earlier in the day to a small area of flooring, and less than one-half gallon had been used. All ten workers were transported to the hospital, and Employees #1 through #3, #6, and #8 through #10 were held overnight. Some were still experiencing symptoms such as vomiting when they were discharged the following day, and various symptoms continued for another four to seven days for those employees most heavily exposed. The coating contractor denied that there was anything different about this floor application, noting that the same product had been applied elsewhere over larger areas without any adverse reactions. Carbon monoxide levels were also investigated in case ongoing exposure was creating the prolonged symptoms, but levels were low and training on carbon monoxide had been conducted. The employer handled the situation appropriately in terms of medical attention and evacuation.
Keywords: vapor, ventilation, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, air contamination, paint solvent, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, isocyanate, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
6 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
7 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
8 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
9 302506928 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
10 302506928 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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