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Accident: 200742179 - Five Workers Are Hospitalized After Inhaling Solvent Vapors

Accident: 200742179 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 01/09/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31051806301/10/20071799Aquatic Commercial Solutions
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31051810501/10/20071721Ashley Construction Services
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 9, 2007, Aquatic Commercial Solutions' Employees #1 through #4 and their subcontractor, a 'sole proprietorship' (Tom Perkins Pool Service) were working in the pool/spa area of a newly constructed Marriott Hotel in Lake Placid, New York. Employees #1 to #4 were cleaning up and loading their vehicles so that they could work at another location. At the same time, a painter (Employee #5) from Ashley Construction Services, commenced spraying a water-repellent, silicone coating SurBlok SO, this contained VOCs. The coating included Stoddard Solvent (60 percent to 80 percent), and was sprayed on the stone facade of a shallow pool and the two connecting spas. He completed the application (two coats) at approximately 9:00 a.m. Shortly after the SurBlok SO coating was applied, all six workers experienced symptoms including severe respiratory system irritation, nausea, and vomiting. They all required emergency medical treatment. Employees were hospitalized for three days. They were diagnosed with hydrocarbon (or chemical) pneumonitis. Employees #1 through #4 wore no respiratory protection. Employee #5 wore respiratory protection, but did not have a satisfactory face seal because he had a beard of approximately a half-inch of facial hair.
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, inhalation, overexposure, painter, respirator, construction, nausea, pool, chemical vapor, vomit
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
3 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
4 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
5 310518105 Hospitalized injury Other Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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