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Accident: 804450 - Employees Hospitalized After Inhaling Toxic Vapors

Accident: 804450 -- Report ID: 0257230 -- Event Date: 07/30/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10810476108/01/19912013Productos Kikuet, Inc.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on July 30, 1991, Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 were working in the food preparation area while technicians cleaned and repaired an air conditioning system. To clean the unit, the technicians applied a coil cleaner that contained phosphoric and hydrofluoric acids to the unit. The acids reacted with the aluminum on the unit and created a vapor that seeped through the unit's duct. The employees inhaled the vapors and were hospitalized.
Keywords: hydrofluoric acid, cleaning, inhalation, phosphoric acid, chemical reaction, cleaning fluid, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108104761 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
2 108104761 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
3 108104761 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
4 108104761 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
5 108104761 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
6 108104761 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations

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