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Accident: 200900835 - Employee Dies From Chemical Exposure

Accident: 200900835 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 01/11/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30376748701/29/20011799Superior Work, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30376746101/26/20018111Chambers & Rice Law Offices
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30376747901/26/20014311U.S. Postal Service
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on January 11, 2001, Employee #1, an employee working in the law office of Chambers & Rice, died when she experienced discomfort and respiratory distress from chemical exposure resulting from an asbestos removal project. This project is being done in another part of the same federal building where their office was located. The chemical being used was a floor tile mastic remover and the vapors generated were being exhausted within the building and not to the outside. As a result, Employee #1 experienced immediate respiratory distress. Other employees working in the law office also experienced discomfort from the exposure. Employee #1 went to a local hospital for treatment when her condition eventually worsened. She died on January 25, 2001.
Keywords: chemical reaction, respiratory tract
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303767487 Occupation not reported
2 303767461 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors, general office
3 303767479 Occupation not reported

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