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Accident: 201761236 - Employees Exposed To Toxic Vapor After Forklift Pierces Drum

Accident: 201761236 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 08/16/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30256990008/17/19994231Yellow Freight System, Inc.
On August 16, 1999, Employee #1 and other employees were unloading an inbound trailer on a dock, when Employee #1's forklift pierced a drum containing thionyl chloride (SOCl2). The chemical spilled from the pierced drum on to the dock and released toxic vapors. The vapors overcame the employees causing them to evacuate the area. Several employees including the Branch Manager, two supervisors, and two dockworkers were exposed to the toxic vapor. They were treated and released by the local hospital.
Keywords: cylinder, struck against, gas, industrial truck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302569900 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors, material moving equipment operators

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