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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 18003277 - Holton & Dycus, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Philadelphia

Nr: 18003277Report ID: 0317000Open Date: 10/23/1992

Holton & Dycus, Inc
5501 Tabor Rd
Philaderrlphia, PA 19120
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8999/Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 9724 Kingston Pike, Suite 800, Knoxville, TN 19120

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/25/1993
Close Case:02/25/1993

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14246268Event: 10/04/1992Employee Killed, Others Become Ill After Inhaling Freon 113
Employees #1 through #9 were working on a large-scale fire restoration operation at a food processing facility. Employees #1, #8, and #9 were cleaning electrical components with a solution of 90% freon 113 and 10% isopropyl alcohol applied with a Wagner high-powered airless sprayer, model 1250 HP. At the same time Employees #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 were manually cleaning common surfaces using surfactant and caustic cleaners. They were working in a sealed room measuring 30 ft. 2 in. long, 6 ft 2in. wide, and 12 ft. 6 1/2 in. high. The room had no mechanical ventilation. Employees #1, #8, and#9 wore no respiratory protection, while Employees #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 wore NET single-use dust/mist respirators, model no. 0401 (TC-21C-416). Employee #1 died from the cardiotoxic effects of freon 113. Employees #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 were hospitalized with severe nausea, dizziness, and respiratory distress. Employees #8 and #9 suffered the same symptoms but chose not to seek medical treatment. A comprehensive confined space entry program, addressing all minimally required elements, had not been developed or implemented.
Keywords: cleaning, toxic fumes, isopropyl alcohol, ventilation, freon, work rules, inhalation, respirator, confined space, construction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18003277 Occupation Not Listed

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