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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $420 $0 $0 $0 $0 $420
Current Penalty $220 $0 $0 $0 $0 $220
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100178 I01 12/28/1988 12/31/1988 $220 $420 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101000 A02 12/28/1988 12/31/1988 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01001C Serious 19101000 E 12/28/1988 12/31/1988 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 851352 Event: 11/08/1988Seven Employees Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Employees #1 through #7, rehabilitative workshop workers, were repackaging in a central production area with limited ventilation. Several employees began complaining of increasing dizziness, headaches, and nausea. Their supervisors were also affected. Several employees were overcome before the area was evacuated. Employees #1 through #7 were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning; their carboxyhemoglobin levels ranged from 5.3 percent to 18.8 percent. Propane forklifts, particularly an Allis Chalmers F40-24PS, were found to be emitting high levels of carbon monoxide. These forklifts were being operated only in adjacent areas, but toxic fumes were carried to the central production area through connecting doors kept open to facilitate goods movement. Delayed recognition of the problem increased the severity of the carbon monoxide exposure and postponed medical treatment for four to six hours after initial exposure.
Keywords: work rules, toxic atmosphere, industrial truck, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, toxic fumes, carbon monoxide, ventilation, poisoning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
7 102378692 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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