The Burlington Fire Department reports that Ryan Baldera, 32, of Lawrence, the manager of the Buffalo Wild Wings across from the Burlington Mall, died yesterday after a worker mixed two cleaning products in the kitchen:
A preliminary investigation conducted in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that a second employee had applied two substances, Super 8 and Scale Kleen, to the kitchen floor while attempting to clean it. The two substances reacted with one another, creating toxic fumes.
Super 8 is a bleach-based product. Scale Kleen is an acid-based product, the safety data sheet for which says it shouldn't be mixed with bleach.
Some 13 restaurant workers and patrons checked themselves into the hospital after developing breathing problems and burning eyes, the department says, adding all have since been released.