1 Dead, 2 Seriously Hurt In Accident At Biotechnology Plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Men cleaning a blood storage tank at a biotechnology plant were overcome by toxic fumes early Friday, killing one and leaving the others in critical condition, authorities said.

Firefighters called to the Baxter International Inc. plant in Atwater Village shortly before 4 a.m. found a man lying near a large cylindrical tank. He wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, but cardiopulmonary resuscitation restored his heartbeat, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Two other men were pulled unconscious from the 4-foot-tall, 5-foot-wide tank, Humphrey said. They apparently climbed in through a 2-foot-diameter opening in the top, he said.

All three men were taken to hospitals in critical condition and one later died, Humphrey said. He did not immediately know whether it was the man who had been revived.

The worker who was found outside the tank had called 911 and tried to rescue his co-workers before he was overcome, Moore told the Los Angeles Times.

Humphrey said he could not confirm those details, but he said firefighters did detect the presence of ethanol. A hazardous material team was sent to the scene, he said.

Investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal-OSHA, were sent to determine whether the plant was complying with health and safety laws, Humphrey said.

A call to a Baxter spokeswoman seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Baxter, based in Deerfield, Ill., is a global bioscience corporation that makes everything from vaccines to dialysis materials. Its plasma-derived products include clotting factor for hemophiliacs and treatments for immune system deficiencies, burns and shock, according to its website.

The Atwater Village plant had two other accidents that caused injuries since 2002 and was fined $185 in 2005 for a minor health and safety violation but it generally has a good safety record, said Krisann Chasarik, a spokeswoman for Cal-OSHA.

“We don’t have … reason to believe that there are any type of chronic safety issues there,” Chasarik said.

In a 2002 accident, a woman was scalded when a hose on top of a large tank she was cleaning came loose and splashed her with hot water. She was treated at a hospital, Chasarik said.

“We found no health or safety violations,” Chasarik said.

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Comments

One Comment

    1. mike says:

      shut up alvin…you’d care if it were your brother, son or dad.

      1. Gabriel Valentine says:

        Thanks mike, exactly, My friends brother died in that accident…

  1. Robert says:

    People trying to make a living to support their families and Alvin being a prick I bet he’s racist or he’s on welfare

    1. Oscar Torricer Apelacio says:

      hope other two will survive

  2. Ed Morris says:

    I teach confined space safety and rescue. I have been entering these spaces “safely” for 31 years, incident free. That company should be shut down.
    ED

    1. punisher says:

      Relax Ricky rescue

  3. Cougo says:

    Why would Leno actually pay comedy writers when there is such brilliant talent right here ?

  4. lago says:

    jah bless the injured
    babylon awaits the hearts w hate
    bo bo bo

  5. Hypnotist says:

    An accident is an unforseeable event. Entering a confined space without testing makes this extremely forseeable. This was an incident, not an accident. With simple appropriate atmospheric testing this wouldn’t have happened.

  6. wife of a grieving friend says:

    Hi Gabriel my husband happens to be an employee of the company and partner at work of the person who passed away.He is grieving right now and just to let everybody know that his pain is my pain too.So for those people who are making egoistic comments I’m sure you are a human being and have a heart,why don’t you keep your head down and let’s just pray that the other two people will make it.They are hardworking people one of them happens to be a good friend of my husband. So, wether this is an incident or accident .Lets pray for their families and the other employees involved.

  7. Delia says:

    I agree – everybody is always somebody’s father, brother, uncle, friend and they all deserve respect. I pray that all goes well for the other two workers. Just remember, our words have consequences and, God is watching us all.

  8. Former Baxter Employee says:

    i worked at baxter hyland for years. there are strict procedures for cleaning those tanks. somebody messed up. it may even be the victim’s fault. osha will determine what went wrong and somebody will be held accountable. its very sad but it was not an accident. somebody did not follow procedures.

  9. Another Former Baxter Employee says:

    I also worked at Baxter for over 20yrs, both at this facility and the Hayward one. Before you can work in any area you have to be fully trained and that includes cleaning the equipment. There are procedures that the employees should be following when cleaning the tanks, and this might be a one time that sombody didn’t follow the procedure.

  10. Baxter Employee says:

    I have been at this Baxter facillity for over 30 years and we take pride in our safety program. Losing someone in an accident is like losing a member of our family because at Baxter we are one big family. Like to send out prayers for the other two that they pull through and to their families and friends. And send our condolences to the familiy and friends for the one that passed away.

  11. Ellen Ann Craig says:

    My husband works at Baxter and these thoughtless comments on a perosn losing his life is cruel and demeaning! Like my father always told me if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all! Families lives have changed here and someone lost their father. Two other employees are still fighting for thier lives and we should remember that their families need us and do not need to hear heartless comments! My prayers go out to the family of the lost employee and to the other two who are still in the hospital!

  12. The Message says:

    WHAT IS ALL THIS BULL@@TS. SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG HERE, IT’S A HUMAN LIFE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS NOT AN INCIDENT, IT IS AN ACCIDENT.
    I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE PROCEDURES IN PLACE, BUT IF THE PROCEDURES WERE NOT EVALUATED APPROPRIATELY FOR SAFETY, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN (WHERE IS THE EHS
    WENT YOU NEED THE TO EVALUATE FOR SAFETY). DON’T GET ME WRONG, BAXTER IS A GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR, IT THE PEOPLE THAT FAILED TO MANAGE THEIR WORKING
    AREAS LEAD TO THIS ACCIDENT. FOR AN EXAMPLE, A LAW SUIT IS AGAINST BAXTER FOR TORTURING THEIR EMPLOYEES TO WORK WITHOUT ANY BREAKS. COME ON, DO YOU GET
    THE PICTURE!!! ON TOP OF THAT THEY JUST LAID OFF LOTS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, WHICH MEAN, MORE WORK FOR THE OTHERS. MULTI-TASKS WILL LEAD TO MORE ACCIDENTS. IT’S A
    TOUGH TIME RIGHT NOW, ATLEAST BAXTER SHOULD WORK WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES TO MADE A BETTER DRUGS/SAFETY/HEALTHY ENVIROMENT..ETC. I AM EXTREMELY SAD FOR THE ONE THAT
    PASSED AWAY, MY PRAY IS WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. IF BAXTER KEEP UP WITH WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2011 (LAY OFF). I AM SURE
    THAT MORE THINGS IS WAITING TO HAPPEN. LAYING OFF YOUR EMPLOYEES TO CUT COST IS NOT A SOLUTION, BAXTER SHOULD FOCUS ON CUTTING BACK HIGHER UP SALARIES
    AND BRING IN NEW DRUGS, NOW THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GO. I KNOW IS NOT AN EASY TASK, BUT THAT IS WHAT MANAGEMENTS IS FOR. LAYING OFF YOUR EMPLOYEES IS ANOTHER
    WAY OF NOT DOING YOUR JOBS, LAYING OFF OTHERS IS ANOTHER WAY OF GETTING AWAY OF THEIR ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES. BAXTER CEO, H. KRAMER, PLEASE REMEMBER TO EARN
    ONE GOOD KARMA, YOU MUST DO TEN GOOD THINGS TO YOUR EMPLOYEES OR BAXTER CORPORATION AS A HOLD. PLEASE RE-THINKS, RE-DO, RE-PLAN, RE-GIVE, RE-SHARE, RE-CONNECT,
    RE-PHRASE, RE-THANKS, RE-VALUES AND REWARDS YOUR EMPLOYEES.

  13. Former Baxter Empl. says:

    Hello everyone, this is call destiny. Everyone has one, when is your time to go, it will happen. It doesn’t matter how good you are or where you work or even at the party. The result is the same. Please don’t blame Baxter for not having a safe enviroment to work in. I am one of the former Baxter employee, and proud to be one. Everyday I knew that I am contribute my part of saving lifes. It is a good feeling. It is unfortunely that this happen to one of our employee, my prayers are with you and to those who suffering from this. Peace

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