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Accident: 200600518 - Ten Employees Exposed To Battery Acid And Hydrogen Sulfide

Accident: 200600518 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 12/09/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30233866012/10/19987379Unisys Corporation
Employees #1 through #10 were at work when a power failure occurred at the company. The company's uninterruptible power system (UPS) failed and the battery system overheated. The smell of hydrogen sulfide was noticeable in parts of the building. The employer tried unsuccessfully to restart the UPS, and then called 911. The fire department responded and gave evacuation orders at 10:40 a.m. Employees #1 through #10 were transported to the hospital, where they were treated to exposure to hydrogen sulfide and battery acid, and released.
Keywords: battery, hydrogen sulfide, inhalation, equipment failure, air contamination, respiratory tract, chemical vapor, overexposure, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
2 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
3 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
4 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
5 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
6 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
7 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
8 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
9 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators
10 302338660 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Computer operators

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