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Accident: 568881 - Employee Killed By Inhaling Chemical Fumes

Accident: 568881 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 06/11/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10348389701/24/19917542M. T. Matchett Washing Service
On January 22, 1991 notice was received of a fatality that occurred on June 11, 1990, more than six months prior to notification. An investigation revealed that Employee #1 was probably mixing a concentrate containing hydrofluoric acid. Water was poured into 1 gallon of the concentrate in a container. Employee #1 inhaled the resulting fumes from the reaction, which then caused hyperacute pulmonary edema. Technically, Employee #1 drowned in his own fluid. There were no witnesses.
Keywords: asphyxiated, pulmonary edema, hydrofluoric acid, work rules, inhalation, chemical reaction, drown, toxic fumes, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103483897 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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