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Accident: 811745 - Six Employees Overcome By Vapors

Accident: 811745 -- Report ID: 0257250 -- Event Date: 02/06/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11946482402/07/19928211Escuela Padre Nazario (Depto. Educacion)
At approximately 11:30 on June 6, 1992, Employees #1 through #6 were made ill by hydrocarbon vapors emitted from three 55-gallon drums that were spilled in the school yard. The drums contained toxic hydrocarbon residues and were being cleaned to store waste. The employer allowed the spilled residues of those substances to be cleaned by Employees #1 and #2, janitors, and yet did not provide personal protection equipment. Employees #1 and #2 suffered from inhalation of these vapors and required hospitalization. Employees #3, #4, #5, and #6, teachers, were affected and required medical treatment.
Keywords: vapor, ppe, toxic waste, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, spill, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119464824 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Teachers, elementary school
2 119464824 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Teachers, elementary school
3 119464824 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Janitors and cleaners
4 119464824 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Janitors and cleaners
5 119464824 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Teachers, elementary school
6 119464824 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Teachers, special education

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