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Accident: 201142684 - Employee Injured From Chlorine Gas Exposure

Accident: 201142684 -- Report ID: 0950637 -- Event Date: 04/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12022137906/05/20024952Avek Water Agency
On April 2, 2002, Employee #1 and a coworker, employees of a water treatment plant as waste water treatment operators, were changing out five 1-Ton cylinders, located in a chlorine cylinder room. Employee #1 attempted to disconnect the yoke number two of the five 1-Ton cylinders, but a high pressure leak of chlorine gas escaped from the cylinder into his breathing zone. Employee #1 was able to immediately tighten the yoke connection, stopping the leak, but required the coworker to finish the task. With Employee #1 sitting to the side, the coworker, after a couple of attempts, was able to disconnect the yoke connection without any further chlorine gas escaping. After notifying management of the incident, the coworker drove Employee #1 to Antelope Valley Hospital Emergency Room. Once admitted, Employee #1 was treated for chlorine gas exposure and diagnosed with bilateral lower lobe pneumonia.
Keywords: cylinder, chlorine, chlorine room, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120221379 Hospitalized injury Other Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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