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Accident: 734673 - Inhaled Methylene Chloride Vapors

Accident: 734673 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/16/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
321938307/17/19861629Turner Murphy Co., Inc.
A PAINTING COMPANY HAD PLACED PAINT REMOVER (STRIPPER-SOLVENT) ON THE FLOOR OF A BASEMENT TO REMOVE OLD PAINT. THE PAINT REMOVER CONTAINED A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF METHELENE CHLORIDE. EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE UPSTAIRS IN THE BUILDING. EMPLOYEE #1 DIRECTED EMPLOYEE #2 TO GO TO THE BASEMENT AND TURN ON THE SUMP PUMP. BY THIS TIME THE BASEMENT HAD FILLED WITH METHELENE CHLORIDE FUMES. WHEN EMPLOYEE #2 GOT TO THE SUMP PUMP HE PASSED OUT. EMPLOYEE #1 WENT DOWN A LITTLE LATER TO CHECK ON EMPLOYEE #2. HE WAS ALSO OVERCOME BY THE FUMES. EMPLOYEE #2 SURVIVED; EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED. THE BASEMENT WAS 30 FEET LONG BY 24 FEET WIDE. AN AIR SAMPLE TAKEN IN THE BASEMENT REVEALED 1280 PPM OF METHYLENE CHLORIDE.
Keywords: unconsciousness, confined space, methylene chloride, inhalation, paint solvent, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3219383 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; carpenters and related workers
2 3219383 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Carpenters

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