Nov. 8 (UPI) — Local and federal authorities are trying to determine what series of events caused a lethal combination of cleaning agents that killed the general manager of a Boston-area restaurant.
The general manager was exposed to the toxic mix late Thursday at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Burlington, Mass., authorities said, as were two customers and 12 workers. Burlington is located about 10 miles northwest of downtown Boston.
Investigators said a worker had applied sodium hypochlorite from the cleaning product Super 8 on the floor, unaware that an acid-based cleaner had been spilled there. The combination of those chemicals produced a toxic reaction and was declared a high-priority hazardous incident.
“These two products are often used,” interim Fire Chief Michael Patterson said. “But when they become mixed, that’s when the problem occurs.
“The general manager unfortunately grabbed a squeegee and tried to push it outside, but he was quickly overcome. He began having problems breathing.”
The unidentified general manager, who a friend said recently married and fathered a newborn baby, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The others were later discharged.
Local authorities and the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating the incident.