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Accident: 201156049 - Employee Killed By Inadvertanly Drinking Acid Cleaning Fluid

Accident: 201156049 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 10/03/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30085977410/04/20027542Twins Llc Dba Mission Lube & Detail
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 3, 2002, an employee who worked for a company that provided vehicle maintenance such as car washes, detailing, fueling, and lube and oil servicing, inadvertently drank acid from a plastic spray bottle while he was on a rest break. The employee, feeling very ill after ingesting the contents of the quart bottle, asked his coworkers to transport him to the hospital. He was taken to San Antonio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:49 a.m. from internal injuries. Laboratory analysis indicated that the acid solution in the plastic bottle contained hydrofluoric acid and phosphoric acid with a pH of less than one.
Keywords: hydrofluoric acid, phosphoric acid, chemical burn, cleaning fluid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300859774 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners

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