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Accident: 781492 - Employees Experience Symptoms After Perchloroethylene Spill

Accident: 781492 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 03/24/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11594206203/24/19927216Concord Custom Cleaner
On the night of March 23, 1992, a manager cleaned two charcoal filters. When he arrived the next day, perchloroethylene had spilled on the floor because a unit was improperly sealed. The manager and assistant manager cleaned up the spill. Later, Employees #1 and #2, workers in the area, developed various symptoms including nausea, lightheadedness, achy bodies, paranoia, and disorientation. The symptoms may have been caused by perchloroethylene vapors from the remaining saturated clothing, boxes, rags, and rugs.
Keywords: vapor, nausea, perchloroethylene, dizziness, spill, psych illness
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115942062 Non Hospitalized injury Other Laundering and dry cleaning machine operators
2 115942062 Non Hospitalized injury Other Laundering and dry cleaning machine operators

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