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Accident: 783886 - Employees Suffer Skin And Eye Irritation From Sulfur Dioxide

Accident: 783886 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 09/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11595082609/17/19919229Louisville Emergency Medical Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11595081809/12/19913211H G P Indstires Inc
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on September 10, 1991, three employees arrived to perform maintenance on a furnace equipped with a 150 lb compressed gas cylinder of sulfur dioxide. A shipping crew of nine employees was working at the opposite end of the plant, 300 ft away. Heat from the furnace caused the fusible safety device in the cylinder valve to melt and release approximately 15 lb of sodium dioxide. The three employees attempted to stop the release. When their attempts failed, they transported the cylinder outside, passing by the shipping crew employees. The Louisville Fire Department arrived and capped the cylinder. One maintenance employee and seven shipping crew employees were taken to the hospital. They were treated for pulmonary and skin and eye irritation caused by the sulfur dioxide fumes.
Keywords: cylinder, sulfur dioxide, valve, toxic fumes, eye, maintenance, gas, skin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115950826 Occupation Not Listed
2 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
3 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
4 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
5 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
6 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
7 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
8 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
9 115950818 Hospitalized injury Other Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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