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Accident: 971382 - Eleven Employees Exposed To Chemical Fog

Accident: 971382 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 10/16/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10559951810/19/19895812Marie Callendar
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on October 17, 1989, Employee #7 was attempting to clean a kitchen floor with ammonia. The chemical didn't appear to be working so the employee poured Clorox bleach onto the floor. The chemical mixture started to form a cloud so the employee turned on the water hose to wash it down the drain. Instead the chemical spread and created more fog, filling the kitchen area and traveling throughout the rest of the establishment. Employees #1 through #11 and patrons vacated the premises. Employee #7 stayed to clean up the spill and Employee #11 told him to get out. He called Poison Control and then the fire department.
Keywords: ammonia, bleach, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Kitchen workers, food preparation
2 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors, food preparation & service occupation
3 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Kitchen workers, food preparation
4 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Waiters and waitresses
5 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Kitchen workers, food preparation
6 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
7 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Kitchen workers, food preparation
8 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
9 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Waiters and waitresses
10 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Kitchen workers, food preparation
11 105599518 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Waiters and waitresses

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