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Accident: 811786 - Five Employees Affected By Hysteria After Chlorine Leak

Accident: 811786 -- Report ID: 0257250 -- Event Date: 11/05/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10810195711/07/19902834Baxter Health Care Corp
At approximately 3:00 on November 5, 1990, an alarm rang indicating a chlorine leak. Immediately, Employee #4 alerted the supervisor and the plant was evacuated. The leak was caused by a loose cylinder screw. Six employees were injured and transported to the hospital. Employees #1 through #5 were hospitalized. The employees were using oxygen tanks at the time of the accident, but they were affected by hysteria.
Keywords: leak, cylinder, alarm, inhalation, chlorine, scba, air contamination
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108101957 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 108101957 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Stock handlers and baggers
3 108101957 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Chemists, except biochemists
4 108101957 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Hand painting, coating and decorating occupations
5 108101957 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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