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Accident: 200372118 - Three Employees Exposed To Chemical Vapors

Accident: 200372118 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 03/17/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30356849703/20/20021796Fluor-Global Services
At approximately 5:20 a.m. on March 17, 2002, Employees #1, #2, and #3, pulp mill technicians, were draining towers in the bleach mill to the sewer during outage. A washer overflowed and released a large amount of residual chlorine dioxide gas. Employees #1, #2 and #3 were working on another tank approximately 180 feet away. They smelled the gas, left the area, and called a supervisor. The area was monitored and levels were returned to normal. The employees went home, but continued to exhibit symptoms. The employees returned to work the next day and were transported to the emergency room where they were treated and released. The three employees are contract employees used during outages.
Keywords: sewer, bleach, inhalation, gas, chlorine dioxide, chemical vapor
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $250,000 to $500,000 1 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303568497 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 303568497 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
3 303568497 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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