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Accident: 93209.015 - Employee Is Hospitalized For Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

Accident: 93209.015 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 02/07/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1210448.01502/14/2017Rehau Automotive Llc
At 3:30 p.m. on February 7, 2017, an employee was participating in a meeting in a conference room that was adjacent to the facility laboratory where xylene was being used. During the meeting, the laboratory ventilation hood fan failed and xylene was released into the laboratory and migrated into surrounding areas. The employee, who had documented chemical sensitivity, displayed symptoms of overexposure. While emergency services were contacted, the employee was administered an epipen and was removed from the affected area. The employee was transported to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for hypoxemic respiratory failure and held overnight. The incident investigation reported that the laboratory had been conducting an 8 hour test, where xylene was being boiled that continued despite the exhaust fan in the laboratory hood failing.
Keywords: toxic fumes, equipment failure, allergic reaction, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1210448.015 39 F Hospitalized injury Other Purchasing agents and buyers n.e.c.

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