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Accident: 786301 - Eight Employees Exposed To Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 786301 -- Report ID: 1054191 -- Event Date: 10/01/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11572103710/01/19915411Albertsons Inc
A four-member cleanup crew that was working the midnight shift to complete a biannual operation used a gas-fueled pressure washer indoors without benefit of engineering or administrative controls, or personal protective equipment. The washer ran indoors for approximately four hours. Interviews with employees indicate that the washer may not have been well maintained (emitting smoky exhaust, noisy, stalling), and that two on-duty supervisors did not respond to this information; nor to the employees' reporting symptoms that included nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness; nor to an employee lying on the floor in the work area. Employees #1 through #8, four members of the cleanup crew and members of the midnight freight crew, inhaled carbon monoxide. They were hospitalized. A blood sample on Employee #1 showed a carboxyhemoglobin level of 23.8 percent.
Keywords: inadequate maint, ppe, work rules, toxic atmosphere, nausea, dizziness, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
7 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
8 115721037 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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