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Accident: 943043 - Four Police Officers Exposed To Hazardous Substances

Accident: 943043 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 05/08/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1851334105/10/19899221Rowan County Sheriff'S Office
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1851213705/26/19899111County Of Rowan
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1851334105/10/19899221Rowan County Sheriff'S Office
On May 8, 1989, four police officers, Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 performing police response duties entered a chemical hot zone containing opened and scattered containers of hazardous chemical waste substances after a truck wrecked off of Interstate 85. Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 had delayed illnesses and were later observed at a hospital. Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 were examined on the suspicion of methylene chloride in their bloodstream. Two employees had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their bloodstream. Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 suffered nausea, flushed face with some mucous discharges of blood. One employee felt like his skin was covered with fiberglass. The delay in system poisoning was typical for methylene chloride.
Keywords: methylene chloride, hazardous waste, carbon monoxide, nausea, truck, poisoning, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18513341 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Sheriffs, bailiffs, other law enforcement officers
2 18513341 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Sheriffs, bailiffs, other law enforcement officers
3 18513341 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Sheriffs, bailiffs, other law enforcement officers
4 18512137 Occupation Not Listed
5 18513341 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Sheriffs, bailiffs, other law enforcement officers

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