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Accident: 756288 - Employee Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Guar Gum Powder

Accident: 756288 -- Report ID: 0855610 -- Event Date: 06/10/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11463936210/07/19972099Rantec Corporation
Employee #1 was bagging 5 lb sacks of guar gum powder when he died of an airway obstruction due to an unknown possible allergic reaction. He was not wearing respiratory protection but ventilation was in use. Guar gum powder is a polysaccharide thickener (carbohydrate) with a long polymer chain; NIOSH documentation includes a possible allergic reaction. No autopsy was performed. At the time of his death, Employee #1 had been working for the employer for approximately 4 months.
Keywords: respiratory, dust, allergic reaction, work rules, inhalation, air contamination, powder, dust inhalation, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114639362 Fatality Asphyxia Packaging and filling machine operators

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