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Accident: 675843 - Employees Overexposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 675843 -- Report ID: 1054193 -- Event Date: 07/27/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10530140207/28/19877997Capitol Racquet Sports Inc Dba
Employees #1 through #5 worked at a club with a swimming pool. Either improper maintenance of the pool chlorination system, or unsupervised personnel in the pump room, caused hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite solution to be automatically injected into the main circulation return piping system even though the circulation pump was turned off. Over a period of several hours chlorine gas filled the piping system and when the main circulation pump was turned on, a concentrated cloud of chlorine gas was forced through the return lines and into the swimming pool. Two to three club members, five emergency fire fighters, and Employees #1 through #5 of the club, were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Keywords: hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, inadequate maint, work rules, inhalation, chlorine, pool, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105301402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Personal service occupations, n.e.c.
2 105301402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Personal service occupations, n.e.c.
3 105301402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Personal service occupations, n.e.c.
4 105301402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Personal service occupations, n.e.c.
5 105301402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Personal service occupations, n.e.c.

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