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Accident: 666198 - Employees Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Accident: 666198 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 10/13/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279048210/15/19978111Law Offices Of Peter C. Herbst
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279047411/10/19978111Accounting Connection
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279048210/15/19978111Law Offices Of Peter C. Herbst
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279047411/10/19978111Accounting Connection
Employees #1 through #5 were working during a holiday. One of them requested that the heat be turned up, which required the employer to change damper settings to switch from air conditioning to heating. The employer thought he smelled smoke and returned to the basement. When he saw smoke coming from the exit duct to the chimney, he shut down the system and called Nutmeg Heating, who came and fixed the problem. The employer then left the office, but returned several hours later to find fire trucks arriving at the building. He was told by the fire department that some employees had been take to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Employees #1 through #3 were hospitalized; Employees #4 and #5 were treated and released. The building was immediately evacuated, and the fire department shut down all the systems in the building with any connection to the gas furnace and water heater.
Keywords: furnace, ventilation, inhalation, air contamination, chemical vapor, poisoning, overexposure, water heater, carbon monoxide, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102790482 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Lawyers
2 102790474 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Bookkeepers, accounting and auditing clerks
3 102790482 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Secretaries
4 102790474 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Bookkeepers, accounting and auditing clerks
5 102790474 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Bookkeepers, accounting and auditing clerks

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