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Accident: 201487444 - Employee Suffers Respiratory Distress After Inhaling Vapors

Accident: 201487444 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 11/29/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12575891201/07/20051743Jd Tile & Construction
Approximately 2:00 p.m. on November 29, 2004, Employee #1 was removing excess grout sealer on floor tile, so he could apply new sealer. Employee #1 was working in a small bathroom that was not well ventilated. Employee #1 used sand paper to sand off the sealer. Employee #1 noticed that dust was being generated while he was sanding. Employee #1 finished the job, and was driving headed to another job when he began to cough. The coughing got worse and Employee #1 began to fill burning in his nose and chest area. Employee #1 drove himself to the hospital where he was hospitalized and treated for respiratory distress. Employee #1 was overexposed to dust particles and mist/vapor from the sealer.
Keywords: chest, respiratory, sand, ventilation, carpenter, inhalation, nose, toxic fumes, overexposure, cough
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125758912 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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