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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 114639362 - Rantec Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Wyoming

Nr: 114639362Report ID: 0855610Open Date: 10/07/1997

Rantec Corporation
17 Kukucuka Lane
Ranchester, WY 82839
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2099/Food Preparations, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: Hwy 14 West, Box 729, Ranchester, WY 82839

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/08/1997
Close Case:02/25/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 756288Event: 06/10/1997Employee Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Guar Gum Powder
Employee #1 was bagging 5 lb sacks of guar gum powder when he died of an airway obstruction due to an unknown possible allergic reaction. He was not wearing respiratory protection but ventilation was in use. Guar gum powder is a polysaccharide thickener (carbohydrate) with a long polymer chain; NIOSH documentation includes a possible allergic reaction. No autopsy was performed. At the time of his death, Employee #1 had been working for the employer for approximately 4 months.
Keywords: respiratory, dust, allergic reaction, work rules, inhalation, air contamination, powder, dust inhalation, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 114639362 Fatality Asphyxia Packaging and filling machine operators

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