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Accident: 202474474 - Five Employees Sustain Chemical Exposure

Accident: 202474474 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 09/27/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On September 27, 2007, five employees were involved in a chemical exposure incident. The employees were working in the Central Processing Room where they sorted, reclaimed, and recycled waste from household and business sources. At approximately 12:00 p.m. a burlap bag in a fiber drum was broken open during processing and released a cloud of dust. Symptoms included eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, metallic taste in the mouth, nausea and vomiting. Samples were taken. The samples taken looked like gold talc powder. The lab analysis found these metals in highest concentration: copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. This finding is consistent with paint pigment powder. All five were hospitalized and were released within several hours of arrival at the hospital.
Keywords: eye, throat, paint pigments, nose, nausea, chemical, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307186213 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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