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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301519732 - Toe River Health District

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Charlotte

Nr: 301519732Report ID: 0453730Open Date: 11/26/1996

Toe River Health District
329 W. Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9431/Administration of Public Health Programs

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:01/08/1997
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:01/08/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362713125    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202074126Event: 11/22/1996Nine Employees Become Ill After Chemical Exposure
On November 22, 1996, Employees #1 through #9 were overcome by a chemical vapor. Initially, Employee #1 experienced coughing, loss of breath, and gagging. Several minutes later, Employees #2 through #9 became symptomatic, with headaches, coughing, and a gagging feeling. All 35 workers in the building were sent to the Yancey Community Medical Center and, of the those experiencing symptoms, one was sent to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. All were treated and released the same day. The Hazardous Materials Team from the Asheville Fire Department responded to the site. No definite cause of the odor was determined, but sewer gas was suspected. An open sewer pipe was located in front of the building's air intake units.
Keywords: respiratory, vapor, headache, inhalation, gas, chemical vapor, overexposure, sewage, chemical, cough
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
2 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
3 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Secretaries
4 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
5 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Registered nurses
6 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
7 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
8 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
9 301519732 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

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