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Accident: 909168 - Employees Become Ill After Exposure To Metal Fumes

Accident: 909168 -- Report ID: 0418500 -- Event Date: 07/08/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12046238707/22/19922824Wellman Industries
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On July 8, 1992, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were removing screens from a shaft used to process polyester polymer. As the employees heated the retaining rings that held a screen in place, residual polymer degraded and released fumes. By the end of the day, the employees were ill. That night, Employee #3 went to a hospital emergency room, and was examined and released. The next morning, the three employees still felt ill and were sent to an emergency room. According to a doctor's diagnosis, the employees were suffering from metal fume fever. The doctor, however, was not aware that the resin contained antimony. Employee #1 was released the same day; Employee #2 was released on July 10, 1992; Employee #3 was released on July 13, 1992.
Keywords: toxic fumes, overexposure, polyester resin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105491799 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Millwrights
2 120462387 Occupation Not Listed
3 105491799 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Millwrights
4 105491799 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Millwrights

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