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Document ID (ISN)37868
CIS number 82-1093
ISSN - Serial title 0011-7943 - Delo in varnost
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Oblak-Lukač A.
Title Fatal case of trichloroethylene poisoning
Original title Smrtna nesreča zaradi zastrupitve s trikloretilenom [in Slovenian]
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 1982, Vol.27, No.1, p.5-7. Illus.
Abstract Description of a fatal accident due to massive inhalation of trichloroethylene. A young inexperienced worker took a bottle of this solvent to clean metal surfaces nearly at floor level in a transformer room. He accidentally spilled some of the solvent, causing a near-floor concentration probably around 3,000ppm. Next day the worker was found dead on the premises. Lessons to be learned from this incident: workers should be informed of the hazards of this solvent, with regular supervision of those working alone in confined spaces. Data on trichloroethylene: fire and explosion hazards, health hazards, rescue operations and first aid; safety measures.
Descriptors (primary) acute poisoning; trichloroethylene; organic solvents; maintenance; work in confined spaces
Descriptors (secondary) case study; fire hazards; explosion hazards; plant safety organization; spills; health hazards; fatalities; first aid
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Halogenated hydrocarbons
Confined spaces