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Hospital worker dies from sterilizer burns

Hospital Safety Insider, November 18, 2004

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A worker at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, died on November 5 after becoming trapped in a sanitizing room used to sterilize large equipment, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The woman walked into the washer in the morning to clean a medical cart and suffered severe burns from the steam, officials said. She died the following day.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident to determine how the worker got trapped in the sanitizer. OSHA are reportedly looking into the worker's training on the set-up of the room.



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