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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 96833.015 Event: 06/30/2017Employee Is Hospitalized After Exposure To 4-Chloroaniline
At 1:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017, Employee #1 entered a confined space, performing hydro blasting at 3,000 psi of a 4-chloroaniline ISO container interior. The emp loyee stated he was very hot inside the totally enclosed Level B protective suit and respirator, and the attendant was doing other things with equipment, so he began self-decontamination and removal of tape and outer gloves himself. The em ployee completed the task, exited the space, and did self-decontamination using an emergency shower and stripping off taped outer garments for disposal. In the process of decontamination and protective equipment drop, Employee #1 stated tha t he believes he mistakenly contacted his face and/or hands with the chemical th at was inside the ISO container, 4-chloroaniline. The employee showed symptoms of acute dermal chemical absorption exposure to 4-chloroaniline (p-chloroaniline ). The employer administered oxygen and called emergency services for medical t ransport to a nearby hospital where the employee stayed for two or more days.
Keywords: chemical, confined space, face, glove, hand, oxygen, ppe, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1243993.015 Hospitalized injury Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

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