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Accident: 201508793 - Employee Attempts To Unclog Hose, Sustains Chemical Burn

Accident: 201508793 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 07/23/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31006467007/28/20081522Complete Decon, Inc.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. on July 23, 2008, Employee #1 was using a hose used for delivering a chemical paint stripper to a spray gun. The hose line was clogged due to chemical residues left over from the previous operation. He was holding the hose towards his face, while attempting to unclog it at one end with a screw driver. Stored chemical was inadvertently released and the pressurized chemical blew off the employee's safety glasses. The employee sustained a chemical burn to his right eye and loss of his visual acuity. Employee #1 was admitted to Washington Hospital, where he was treated but not hospitalized.
Keywords: eye, ppe, hose, clogged, chemical burn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Demolition Under $50,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310064670 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Other

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