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Accident: 200772051 - Employee Overcome By Chemical Vapors Inside Enclosed Space

Accident: 200772051 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 01/31/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381008901/31/20023069Shawsheen Rubber Co., Inc.
A coworker was operating a paper coating machine when a paper break occurred causing a chemical mixture (containing toluene and heptane) to overflow and contaminate the machine roller, calendars, floor, etc., inside an area of the machine. Two coworkers entered the confined/enclosed space to start cleaning up the spill, using toluene soaked rags, etc. After about 10 to 15 minutes inside the space Employee #1 was overcome by the chemical vapors from the chemical coating mixture and the toluene soaked rags. Several coworkers assisted with extricating Employee #1 from the space. Emergency personnel responded and Employee #1 was taken to the hospital.
Keywords: unconsciousness, confined space, cleaning, toluene, heptane, chemical vapor, paper machine, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303810089 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Machine operators, not specified

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