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Accident: 783738 - Employee Hospitalized After Exposure To Perchloroethylene

Accident: 783738 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 07/12/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
278102907/13/19887216Big B Cleaners
Employee #1 forgot to turn off a valve after filling a 5-gallon pail and spilled 1 to 1.5 gallons of perchlorethylene. He used rags to clean the spill and did not wear a respirator. Employee #1, who was overcome and suffered seizures, was hospitalized for 2 days in intensive care, and then released. He had been improperly trained on how to use respirators. In addition, the employer had no written policy for respirators and provided no training on wearing or fitting them.
Keywords: work rules, inhalation, perchloroethylene, spill, toxic fumes, overexposure, untrained, chemical, inattention, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2781029 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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