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Accident: 202613931 - Two Employees Receive Burns To The Face From Drain Cleaner

Accident: 202613931 -- Report ID: 1054191 -- Event Date: 08/27/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31594479309/01/20117997Oswego Lake Country Club
On August 27, 2011, Employee #1 and #2, maintenance workers, were sent to the attic to determine the source of a water leak. It was determined that the water was leaking from the 1-inch PVC pipe on the side of the air handler unit. They initially used a 20-ft plumber's snake, but were unsuccessful. They then poured liquid drain opener into the pipe. The drain opener reacted violently with something in the pipe, and caustic liquid sprayed in Employee #1 and #2's faces. Their vision was blurred and it was difficult to evacuate from the remote section of the attic where they were working. Once out of the attic, they separated and went to different water sources to flush their eyes. Both had serious burns to their eyes and faces, with Employee #1 having the worst of the two. Both employees were hospitalized and remained out of work for more than one week.
Keywords: eye, maintenance, clogged, chemical reaction, chemical burn, pipe, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315944793 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations
2 315944793 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations

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