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Accident: 202471025 - Two Employees Are Overcome By Alcohol Fumes

Accident: 202471025 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 06/14/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482567007/25/20113841St. Jude Medical Inc. Crmd
On June 15, 2011, Employee #1 was working in an establishment that develops and manufactures heart pacemakers and transmitters. The transmitters would send data from the pacemakers to the doctor's offices. Employee #1 was sent in from another department to work in the general area set up for programmers and then return the transmitters to be cleaned and undergo software updates. Prior to the accident, Employee #1 and other employee became seriously ill. Employee #1 went to the hospital after using isopropyl alcohol the day before the incident. Employee #1 said she used the alcohol with a cloth to wipe down telephone cords that were in a large bin. Employee #2 stated she would wrap up the cords clean some cords and transmitters. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were in the general work area and were programming the transmitters and cleaning them with alcohol by wiping them down. They both were overcome by alcohol fumes. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were hospitalized for alcohol exposure.
Keywords: alcohol, cleaning, textile, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314825670 Hospitalized injury Other Assemblers

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