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Accident: 691105 - Inhaled Chlorine Vapors From Cleaning Compounds

Accident: 691105 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 07/26/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10209236808/11/19865812Wendy'S Restaurant
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ATTEMPTING TO CLEAN A GREASY SPILL ON THE FLOOR WITH WATER. HE ADDED BLEACH (CLOROX) AND PHOSPHORIC ACID (LIME-A-WAY) TO THE WATER. THE RESULTING CHEMICAL REACTION RELEASED IRRITATING VAPORS (CHLORINE) WHICH AFFECTED THE RESPIRATORY TRACT OF EMPLOYEE #1. EMPLOYEE #2 AND TWO OTHERS CAME TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND WERE ALSO OVERCOME BY THE VAPORS. ALL FOUR WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD BEEN ON THE JOB FOR FOUR MONTHS. TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES IS ON-THE-JOB AND ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE TRAINER.
Keywords: respiratory, cleaning, inhalation, chlorine, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102092368 Hospitalized injury Other Short-order cooks
2 102092368 Hospitalized injury Other Food counter, fountain and related occupations

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