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Accident: 526137 - Employee Dies After Inhaling Perchloroethylene

Accident: 526137 -- Report ID: 0830600 -- Event Date: 07/12/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10956804807/13/19947216Colorado Springs Continental Cleaners, Inc.
Employee #1 was in a dry cleaning establishment after it had closed. He climbed into the dry cleaning machine, a dry-to-dry unit, Valore model #V-600 CF, manufactured by Multi-Matic Corporation and died of cardiorespiratory arrest. The employee had inhaled a high concentration of perchloroethylene vapors, which caused depression of his central nervous system and ultimately caused the cardiorespiratory arrest.
Keywords: vapor, confined space, inhalation, dry cleaning, cardiac arrest, perchloroethylene, toxic fumes, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109568048 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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