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Accident: 200460970 - Four Employees Overcome By Carbon Monoxide Vapors

Accident: 200460970 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 01/03/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30292587001/03/20015147James J. Derba, Incorporated
Employees #1 through #4 and coworkers were using a liquid propane-powered forklift, borrowed by the employer from a neighboring company, to move 200 to 300 lb beef hindquarters. They were working in the hanging refrigerated cooler, which was an unvented enclosed area. The employees began to feel sick and experience symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning. Employees #1 through #4 were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where three of them spent four hours in a hyperbaric chamber. Seven coworkers were treated at nearby hospitals and one coworker was seen at a health clinic. The Chelsea (MA) Fire Department arrived 45 minutes after the first employees went for treatment; at that time, carbon monoxide levels ranged between 350 and 360 ppm in the work area.
Keywords: ventilation, inhalation, industrial truck, exhaust fumes, mech mat handling, propane, chemical vapor, overexposure, carbon monoxide, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302925870 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Butchers and meat cutters
2 302925870 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Butchers and meat cutters
3 302925870 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Butchers and meat cutters
4 302925870 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Butchers and meat cutters

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