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Accident: 674044 - Employee Injured When Exposed To Trichloroethylene Vapors

Accident: 674044 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/03/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542967412/08/19873494Harvard Industries Anchor Swan Div.
A DETREX AUTOMATIC DEGREASER BEGAN EMITTING TRICHLOROETHYLENE FUMES. WHILE ON THIRD SHIFT, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CALLED IN TO REPAIR IT. ALL THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE EVACUATED. EMPLOYEE #1 LEFT AND RETURNED THE NEXT THE NEXT MORNING TO EFFECT REPAIRS TO THE DEGREASER. HE BEGAN FEELING DIZZY AND NAUSEOUS FROM DEGREASER'S FUMES. HE WAS LATER FOUND UNCONSCIOUS AND SENT TO THE HOSPITAL, SUFFERING FROM TRICHLOROETHYLENE INTOXICATION. THE DEGREASER'S COOLING COILS WERE FOUND TO BE CLOGGED AND INOPERATIVE.
Keywords: respiratory, unconsciousness, ppe, work rules, inhalation, nausea, degreaser, dizziness, toxic fumes, trichlorethylene
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105429674 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Machinery maintenance occupations

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