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Accident: 510404 - Employee Hospitalized After Exposure To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 510404 -- Report ID: 1054193 -- Event Date: 03/10/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30121301302/27/19975812Swiss Chalet Inc
Employee #1, age 15, was engaged in routine cleaning when he noticed the sink drain was plugged. The drain contained bleach and potentially other products. Employee #1 poured in drain cleaner containing sulfuric acid, which reacted with the bleach and released chlorine gas. He was overcome by the fumes and was hospitalized for one week. The employer was cited for numerous violations, including lack of a safety committee and hazard communications.
Keywords: bleach, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, chlorine, clogged, chemical reaction, cleaning fluid, sulfuric acid, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301213013 Hospitalized injury Other Kitchen workers, food preparation

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