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Accident: 200690600 - Employee Dies Of Chemical-Induced Heart Attack

Accident: 200690600 -- Report ID: 0112600 -- Event Date: 12/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30627230312/30/20037641Furniture Plus/The Stripping Workshop
Employee #1, a furniture stripper assisted moving furniture and plywood within a facility. Employee #1 had used a methylene chloride based stripping solution earlier that morning. Employee #1 experienced a massive heart attack and died. Methylene chloride can exacerbate underlying heart disease in certain individuals and lead to a premature heart attack. The employee was 46 years old and there were reportedly no indications of pre-existing heart disease. As part of OSHA's accident investigation, air sampling was performed at the stripping operation. Methylene chloride concentrations were 46 ppm as an eight-hour time-weighted average and up to 159 ppm as a short-term exposure which exceed OSHA's PEL and STEL.
Keywords: ventilation, ppe, heart attack, methylene chloride, poisoning, chemical, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306272303 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Furniture and wood finishers

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