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Accident: 201144565 - Employee'S Lungs Injured From Smoke Inhalation

Accident: 201144565 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 08/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12610049409/16/20032759Color Graphics Inc
On August 29, 2003, Employee #1 and coworker #3 were working at a Mitsubishi 640 printing press while coworkers #1 and #2 were working at a Kimori printing press. Coworker # 2, a foreman, approached Employee #1 and coworker #3 regarding smelling something burning. They could not identify the smell source until coworker #4 noticed smoke coming from the heater exchange cabinet on the Kimori press. Coworker #4 opened the cabinet and flames leaped out and upwards. Coworker #2 yelled fire and he and coworker #4 grabbed fire extinguishers and tried to put out the flames. Employee #1 also used a fire extinguisher. The fire was getting worse and thick smoke was around the press. Coworkers #2 and #4 exited the building along with most other workers. The fire sprinklers turned on as coworker #3 was leaving and he bumped into Employee #1 who was on all fours on the floor. He picked up Employee #1 and exited the building at the nearest exit door which was 9.5 ft from the fire. Employee #1 was hospitalized with extensive lung damage from smoke inhalation.
Keywords: fire ext system, lung, printing press, fire extinguisher, fire, inhalation, smoke
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126100494 Hospitalized injury Other Printing machine operators

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