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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14517874 Event: 01/26/1986Employee Splashed With Hydrofluoric Acid
EMPLOYEE #1 USED AN OVERHEAD DOOR TO ASCEND TO, AND DESCEND FROM, AN OVERHEAD STORAGE LOFT. AS HE WAS DESCENDING HE INADVERTENTLY STEPPED ON A PLASTIC BUCKET FILLED WITH HYDROFLUORIC ACID. HIS WEIGHT CAUSED THE LID TO BREAK AND HIS FOOT WENT INTO THE ACID. HE WAS SPLASHED ON HIS LEG AND ABDOMEN AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. TWO DAYS LATER, AS HE WAS BEING PREPARED FOR SURGERY, HE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST. HE WAS REVIVED, BUT AGAIN HAD A CARDIAC ARREST. HE WAS REVIVED A TOTAL OF 29 TIMES, BUT SUCCUMBED ON THE 30TH ARREST.
Keywords: abdomen, hydrofluoric acid, work rules, cardiac arrest, chemical burn, chemical, inattention, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 100340181 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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