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Manager of after-market truck bed liner store dies of asthmatic attack after spraying van with isocyanate-based truck bed Liner.

Michigan State University
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 03MI018, 2003 Nov; :1-16
On February 20, 2003 a 45-year old male store manager died after spraying on an isocyanate-based truck bed liner on the floor and up the sides of a cargo van. The victim was wearing an air-supplied 1/2 mask respirator and coveralls. The spraying inside of the van had been completed. The victim turned off the mixer for the spray liner and walked to a side pedestrian door, which was open and had a small portable fan placed to provide air circulation for the general shop area. He disconnected his airline from the respirator and proceeded to walk around the outside of the building to the front of the store. A co-worker who had helped him set up the job was waiting in the basement apartment. When the coworker came upstairs to the shop reception area, he saw the victim kneeling outside in front of the store in respiratory distress. (See Figure 1) The coworker took the victim to a nearby urgent care facility. The victim lost consciousness and stopped breathing while at the urgent care facility. Emergency response was called while CPR was administered. The ambulance took the victim to the hospital emergency room where he was declared dead. Recommendations: 1. When spraying isocyanate-containing material, employers should: 2. Provide a ventilated spray booth or room and evaluate the effectiveness of the ventilation. 3. Establish a MIOSHA compliant written respiratory protection program and require a supplied-air full facemask respirator to minimize employee exposure. 4. Develop, implement and maintain a written hazard communication program and train employees about the program and chemicals they work with. 5. Institute medical monitoring of employees exposed to sensitizers or other asthma-causing agents. 6. Conduct a workplace hazard assessment to identify health and safety issues, types of personal protective equipment to be used, and standard operating procedures to permit safe work. 7. Additionally, manufacturers/suppliers/distributors should emphasize the health and safety aspects for their products when conducting training about their product at end user worksites.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03MI018; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division