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Accident: 202614061 - Autoclave Operator At Metal Product Firm Loses Consciousness

Accident: 202614061 -- Report ID: 1054191 -- Event Date: 10/15/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31594732510/20/20113369Pcc Structurals Inc
At 1:30 p.m. on October 15, 2011, a worker was operating an autoclave for a firm that produced metal products. As he was lowering a processing basket with a hoist, he lost consciousness. Coworkers reported that he was looking pale and had been ill the previous two days. Of two coworkers at the scene, one called emergency medical services, while the other performed CPR. An ambulance arrived within seven minutes, and EMTs took over emergency care. The employee was transported to the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon, and treated. During the course of the investigation, employees were interviewed, the area inspected, and records reviewed. There was no evidence of employee exposure to hazardous fumes that may have contributed to his loss of consciousness. The area where he was working contained a 2,000 gallon (7,571 liter) tank of potassium hydroxide heated to 285 degrees Fahrenheit (141 degrees Celsius) and a 200 gallon (757 liter) rinse tank. The exhaust systems of both tanks provided sufficient ventilation. By the close of the inspection, the worker had left the firm.
Keywords: unconsciousness, ventilation, emergency response, pressure vessel, metal shop, equipment operator, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315947325 Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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