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Accident: 202366282 - Firefighters Are Hospitalzied In Exposure To Toxic Vapors

Accident: 202366282 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 08/30/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31029968008/30/20069224Spokane Co Fire Dist #4
On August 29, 2006, Employees #1 through #5, all firefighters, were extinguishing a burning garbage truck that contained a high pH cleaning product. After most of the fire was out, the truck was moved to a transfer station, where some of the garbage was unloaded and the fire was completely extinguished. That evening, the employees experienced shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and skin irritation due to inhalation of toxic chemical vapors emitted from the fire. They were all hospitalized at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, where they were treated for their injuries.
Keywords: firefighter, fire, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, nausea, cleaning fluid, chemical vapor, chemical, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310299680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 310299680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 310299680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 310299680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 310299680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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