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Accident: 201503190 - Employee Overcome By Solvent Vapors

Accident: 201503190 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 10/17/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On October 17, 2002, Employee #1 was repairing an escalator at the South Hayward BART station. While in the bottom pit (approximately 64-in. by 81-in. by 46-in.-deep) cleaning the track transition area using Next Safety Solvent (80-100 trichloroethylene), he lost consciousness. The solvent was 4.5 times heavier than air. His symptoms indicated an exposure to a very high concentration (probably 1000 ppm), however, Employee #1 was treated and released from the hospital.
Keywords: unconsciousness, repair, vapor, pit, escalator, fainted
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125524769 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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