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Accident: 201052339 - Employee Begins To Suffocate After Inhaling Co2 From Freezer

Accident: 201052339 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 02/08/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12611284604/01/19993556Camino Real Foods Inc Dba Camino Real Kitchens
At about 5:30 a.m., Employee #1 who worked for Camino Real Foods, Inc., was folding a tortilla with stuffing into a burrito form, when she inhaled an excessive amount of Carbon Dioxide(CO2) that was released from CO2 Freezer Tunnel #1. Employee #1 experienced dyspnea/respiratory distress and began to suffocate due to oxygen depletion. Employee #1 was transported to White Memorial Hospital by paramedics where she was treated for asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, suffocated, carbon dioxide, freezer compartment
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126112846 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations

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