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June 1, 1957

HEALTH HAZARDS ENCOUNTERED IN REPAIR OF JET AIRCRAFT FUEL CELLS

JAMA. 1957;164(5):531-533. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050021006
Abstract

• In the maintenance of jet aircraft, the most hazardous physical danger results from exposure to the jet fuels while maintenance personnel are repairing or replacing the rubber-lined fuel containers. The hazards involved include fire and explosion, acute intoxication from fuel vapors, systemic poisoning from tetraethyl lead, dermatitis from direct contact with petroleum hydrocarbons, and the acute psychological factor of confinement. In a study of 12 men who carry out fuel cell repair, occasional central nervous system reactions occurred among those who did not wear masks while performing their duties. The type and cause of the reactions point out the safety measures to be taken.

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