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Accident: 571067 - Chlorine Gas Released When Bleach And Acid Were Mixed

Accident: 571067 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 07/31/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
123854208/01/19858062Decatur Memorial Hospital
EMPLOYEES #1-8 WERE ENGAGED IN WASHING AND FOLDING LAUNDRY IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM OF DECATUR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, DECATUR, ILLINOIS. EMPLOYEE #3 WAS POURING THE REMAINING CONTENTS OF A DRUM CONTAINING CHLORINE BLEACH INTO ANOTHER DRUM. EMPLOYEE #3 THOUGHT THE DRUMS CONTAINED THE SAME BLEACH SOLUTION. HOWEVER, THE DRUM THAT EMPLOYEE #3 POURED INTO WAS A DRUM CONTAINING A SOLUTION OF PHOSPHORIC ACID. ALL THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE LOCATED IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM AT THE TIME EMPLOYEE #3 MIXED THE CHLORINE BLEACH WITH THE ACIDIC SOLUTION. CHLORINE GAS WAS PRECIPITATED IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM AS A RESULT OF THIS MIXTURE. EMPLOYEES #1-8 EXPERIENCED IRRITATION TO THEIR UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT AND LUNGS. THE INCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY INADEQUATE LABELING OF THE DRUMS, WHICH WERE ALL THE SAME COLOR.
Keywords: lung, bleach, cleaning, drum, inhalation, gas, phosphoric acid, chlorine, respiratory tract
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
7 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
8 1238542 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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