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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 839696 - Six Employees Hospitalized After Exposure To Cyanide

Accident: 839696 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 10/03/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10319713310/05/19943429Lawrence Brothers, Inc.
On October 3, 1994, Employee #1 was required to mix a solution of cyanide to add to a plating bath. He was supposed to mix copper cyanide with a mixture of water, sodium cyanide, and zinc cyanide. Instead, Employee #1 added Enstrip-92, an acid, to the cyanide mixture. Enstrip-92 is a green powder that resembles copper cyanide, which is also a green powder. This mixture caused a chemical reaction, which released cyanide gas. Employees #1 through #6 were hospitalized and released 3 days later. The container of Enstrip-92 was not routinely kept in the area.
Keywords: work rules, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, overexposure, cyanide, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 103197133 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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