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Accident: 737015 - Employees Exposed To Trichloroethane Vapors From Degreaser

Accident: 737015 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 06/27/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1859118006/28/19853425Vermont American Corp Leitchfield Div
AT APPROXIMATELY, 1:15 AM ON JUNE 27, 1985 (3RD WORK SHIFT), SEVERAL HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING APPROXIMATELY 60 FEET FROM A DEGREASER CONTAINING 1,1,1 TRICHLOROETHANE. AN UNINJURED EMPLOYEE SMELLED SOLVENT VAPORS AND NOTIFIED THE SUPERVISOR. THE SUPERVISOR TURNED OFF THE DEGREASER AND EVACUATED THE AREAS SURROUNDING IT. THERE WERE NO EMPLOYEES AT THE DEGREASER AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE DEGREASER DESIGN INCORPORATES A CONDENSER, CONTROLLED BY A VALVE, WHICH MAINTAINS A COOLING LAYER. THE COOLING LAYER KEEPS THE VAPORS INSIDE THE TANK. THE TEMPEATURE WAS TURNED UP BY ADJUSTING THE VALVE. THE COOLING LAYER WAS THUS LOST. THE DEGREASER BEGAN TO EMIT VAPORS, RESULTING IN AN OVEREXPOSURE TO THREE EMPLOYEES WORKING IN ADJACENT AREAS.
Keywords: respiratory, trichloroethane, heat, inhalation, degreaser, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18591180 Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous precision metal workers
2 18591180 Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous precision metal workers
3 18591180 Non Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous precision metal workers

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