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Accident: 200533255 - Employee Dies From Chemical Burns When Cleaning Spill

Accident: 200533255 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 01/14/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31411950401/19/20108062Mercy Medical Center
On January 14, 2010, Employee #1 was working in the laundry department of a hospital when a tank, containing sodium hydroxide began to leak onto the floor through a broken pipe located near its fill nozzle. 30 gallons of sodium hydroxide leaked from the tank. In an attempt to clean the spill with some nearby towels, Employee #1 received burns to his face and both arms. After attempting to clean up the leak, Employee #1 was found by two coworkers sitting on a little bench in the men's locker room. Employee #1 was initially conscience and talking to the coworkers; however, he then suddenly stopped breathing. The coworkers immediately laid Employee #1 on the floor and began CPR. Emergency services were contacted, and upon arrival on the scene of the accident, Employee #1 was pronounced dead.
Keywords: ppe, cleaning, inhalation, hazardous waste, manual mat handling, chemical burn, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314119504 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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