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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 851444 - Employees Suffer Carbon Monoxide Exposure From Lift Truck

Accident: 851444 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 08/04/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10254518308/04/19892033Lakeside Foods Inc
Workers in a vegetable packaging plant became ill near the end of their shift. On their own initiative, some of the workers went to the hospital, where their blood carboxyhemoglobin levels were found to be 15 to 20 percent. An emergency squad and police were dispatched to the plant to retrieve the remaining employees. Workers who had gone home were later contacted and told to go to the hospital. In all, 12 workers went to the hospital; Employees #1 through #10 were held for periods varying from 3 to 10 hours. Employees #11 and #12 had only a blood test. The work area is not well ventilated. Normally, only electric lift trucks are used in this area, although this rule is not well enforced or followed. On the day of the incident, two electric trucks had failed and were replaced by propane-powered lift trucks.
Keywords: ventilation, emergency response, packing house, work rules, toxic atmosphere, industrial truck, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
5 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
6 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
7 102545183 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
8 102545183 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
9 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
10 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
11 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
12 102545183 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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