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Accident: 201497120 - Chlorine Gas Sends Eight Meat Packers To Hospital

Accident: 201497120 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/19/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31672038210/19/20127363Koosharem Llc Dba Select Staffing
On October 19, 2012, Employee #1, a 37-year-old female, Employee #2, a 67-year-old male, Employee #3, a 66-year-old male, Employee #4, a 43-year-old female, Employee #5, a 25-year-old male, Employee #6, a 22-year-old male, Employee #7, a 44-year-old male and Employee #8, a 47-year-old female with Koosharem Llc Dba Select Staffing were at an unspecified facility in Del Rey, California. Chlorine gas was released from the inadvertent pumping of fifty three gallons of Clor-Aid 20, containing 20 phosphoric acid, into a one hundred and ten gallon vessel containing approximately fifty-five gallons of Fresh Guard 72 (FG72), a 12.5 percent sodium Hypochlorite, by a JBT Food Tech Employee. Four hundred workers from POM Wonderful located in Del Rey, California including Employees #1 through #8, which were leased from Select Staffing were transported to medical facilities in Fresno, Selma and Clovis. POM Wonderful contracted JBT Food Tech (JBT) to manage the process, where the release occurred. JBT used leased employees from Kelly Services. The investigation determined that lack of labeling conforming to 8 CCR 5194; failure to train and supervise Employee's #1 through #8 CCR 3203(a)(7) and failure to evaluate the potential hazard 8 CCR 3203(a)(4) were causes in this event.
Keywords: food preparation, inhalation, food packaging mach, gas, chlorine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
2 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
3 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
4 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
5 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
6 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
7 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
8 316720382 Non Hospitalized injury Other Production inspectors, checkers and examiners

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