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Accident: 200960169 - Three Employees Injured When Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 200960169 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 08/30/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12737721608/30/19965812Denny'S Restaurant
Employee #1 was cleaning the floors in a restaurant and mixed together sanitizer and heavy duty floor cleaner. The sanitizer contained chlorine and the floor cleaner contained ammonia which, when combined, creates chlorine gas. The chlorine gas was drawn into the ventilation system and circulated throughout the restaurant. Coworkers were evacuated when the white gas cloud formed, and Employees #1 through #3 were taken to the hospital with respiratory problems. Employee #1 indicated that she had not received training about the hazards of mixing chemicals. The employer was cited for violations of the Right to Know law.
Keywords: respiratory, ammonia, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, chlorine, chemical reaction, cleaning fluid, chemical vapor, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 127377216 Non Hospitalized injury Other Waiters and waitresses
2 127377216 Non Hospitalized injury Other Waiters and waitresses
3 127377216 Non Hospitalized injury Other Waiters and waitresses

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