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Accident: 202492252 - Forty Seven Employees Are Exposure To Chlorine Dioxide

Accident: 202492252 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/21/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31457016908/22/20112033Pacific Coast Producers
On August 21, 2011, Forty seven employees, 38 from the primary employer and nine from a secondary temporary agency, were sent to hospitals for treatment of respiratory irritation after being exposed to chlorine dioxide released inside a tomato processing plant. Three employees were admitted for further treatment. The chlorine dioxide release was due to equipment failure--one safety switch bypassed, pump running contact switch, and the other clogged, flow sensor. The failure by plant and sub-contractor personnel to follow shutdown and restart protocols contributed to the accident. Also, failure to use engineering controls to detect and alert personnel of the harmful exposures in the northeast corner of the plant as was installed and used in the southeast corner of the plant after a similar incident in 2007, which resulted in exposure of employees to chlorine dioxide.
Keywords: respiratory, agriculture, inhalation, gas, chlorine dioxide, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
2 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Inspectors, agricultural products
3 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
4 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
5 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
6 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
8 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
10 314570169 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
11 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
12 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
13 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
14 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
15 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
16 314570169 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, related agricultural occupations
17 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
18 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
19 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
20 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
21 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
22 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
23 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, related agricultural occupations
24 314570169 Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
25 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
26 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, related agricultural occupations
27 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
28 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
29 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
30 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
31 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
32 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
33 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
34 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
35 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Inspectors, agricultural products
36 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
37 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
38 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
39 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
40 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
41 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
42 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
43 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
44 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
45 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
46 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Graders and sorters, agricultural products
47 314570169 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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