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Accident: 88467.015 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxiation From Chlorine Gas Exposure

Accident: 88467.015 -- Report ID: 0523900 -- Event Date: 09/01/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1175049.01509/06/2016Burnett Dairy Cooperative
At approximately 2:20 pm, on September 01, 2016, an employee was preparing conce ntrated chemicals to clean the inside of a 1,000 gallon milk/bulk tank at a host farm site for the purpose of correcting milk quality issues related to elevated bacteria levels. He was filling the Surge brand 1,000 gallon milk/bulk tank wit h hot water at the host farm site. The employee died of asphyxiation due to comp lications from chlorine gas inhalation injury. The chlorine gas was produced whe n an acid based cleaner (IBA, FC-350) and chlorine based cleaner (IBA, FC-509"P" ) reacted with one another.
Keywords: asphyxiated, chlorine, cleaning, cleaning fluid, gas, inhalation, vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1175049.015 68 M Fatality

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