Turkey Recall – Emergency Decontamination Services

Decontamination Services: Leftovers: A Chance Encounter

What is Thanksgiving without leftovers, right!? Well one of our clients had probably banned them from his workplace after an incident that occurred resulting in a desperate call to Advanced Bio Treatment for human waste removal and biohazard waste disposal services.

A very nice gentleman in Mark’s office brought in turkey sandwiches for the whole staff that he’d made from his leftover Thanksgiving feast. Now it was just the very next day, Black Friday, and this small retailer was open for business. What a treat he thought it would be to provide a delicious lunch for all the holiday workers, but little did he know, he was giving them a lot more than lunch!

Turkey Recall!

Mark became violently ill, vomiting just behind the podium at the entrance of the store, trying hard not to heave as shoppers passed him. He was able to contain his vomit to a small trash can beneath the podium, but the nausea intensified and Mark soon was unaware of his surroundings, vomiting as he crawled his way to the rear of the store. The other employees quickly helped him to the restroom as customers scurried out of the store. It didn’t take long, though, for the other employees to begin questioning the turkey sandwiches they’d all just finished eating. It certainly didn’t help that there had been a recall of turkeys purchased from a local retailer due to escherichia coli (E. Coli) contamination.

Mark asked one of his employees to reach out to Advanced Bio Treatment for everyone to report to the hospital. They immediately closed the store, and we arrived within an hour of the call and began the hazardous waste cleanup immediately. In addition to human waste disposal, bad odor removal, and biohazard waste disposal, the store was in need of emergency decontamination services as well. Due to the amount of vomit and body fluid on surfaces including wood flooring and carpet. Our highly trained technicians used several techniques to ensure that no human waste or dangerous contaminants remained in the wood planks, carpet padding, or sub-flooring below. After a thorough cleaning in which our technicians adhere to and exceed all biohazard waste disposal guidelines, Advanced Bio Treatment uses state-of-the-art equipment. Including  the Halo Disinfection System which reaches the tiniest crevices throughout every room treated and destroys dangerous airborne viruses and bacteria.

Luckily, Mark and his employees all tested negative for Escherichia Coli and Salmonella Enterica; Mark was instead diagnosed with the influenza virus  or “the flu”, but his store was fully recovered and reopened the very next day in time for the continuation of Black Friday weekend, completely cleansed and free from any and all viral and bacterial concerns.

Emergency Decontamination Services

If you find yourself in need of a biohazard waste disposal or emergency decontamination service in your home, on your property, or in your place of business, call Advanced Bio Treatment 24-hours a day at 1-800-295-1684. Our specialized, compassionate staff will provide you with a confidential consultation and immediate, professional service.

Infectious Disease Control: Biohazard Waste Pick Up

Infectious Disease Control in the Workplace

“Metaphorically and Literally”

Infectious Disease: We’ve all had to complete tasks at work that are less than exciting and sometimes downright dreadful, like tedious report writing or reprimanding a subordinate. Sometimes, however, the backlash of a job poorly done can be our worst nightmare.

April had the unsavory duty of firing an employee the Friday before Labor Day weekend this year. She’d been dreading it and had the intention of dismissing the employee at lunchtime and having someone in HR walk him out along with all of his personal belongings to minimize distraction and unnecessary drama in the workplace.

Things went remarkably smooth. The employee left peacefully and seemingly with professional charm, leaving April relieved, unfortunately to a fault. The events that would lead up to April needing Advanced Bio Treatment’s services the following Tuesday morning all began with her forgetting to follow up with HR to ensure that the dismissed employee’s key FOB was disabled.

It didn’t click as I walked up to the office building and there was plastic wrap and Styrofoam scattered around the parking lot.  I was on my cell and it didn’t realize that there were dozens of ground beef packages everywhere. But when I walked through the glass doors into the lobby, the odor was ghastly. I mean the smell flooded out of the entrance so quickly that others in the parking lot were covering their noses and mouths.

Biohazard Waste Pick Up

April immediately called Advanced Bio Treatment to assess the situation and determine the source of the unbearable odor. Our technicians were prepared to address issues such as e. coli treatment, biohazard waste pick up, and infectious disease prevention and control. All of which were concerns in the office building that morning. Our technicians arrived quickly and discovered that there were mounds of rotting ground beef stuffed inside the elevator vents of each of the three elevators. The meat already began decomposing and had oozed down resulting in the initiation of an emergency decontamination service throughout the entire building.

Salmonella Removal and E. Coli Prevention

After the police reviewed the surveillance video and the building access files were reviewed, it was clear that this was a case of disgruntled employee revenge. Advanced Bio Treatment technicians are thoroughly trained and certified in the most advanced biohazard cleaning methods. It’s no easy task, but our technicians can remove decomposing material, such as ground beef in this case, and decontaminate all affected areas. In most cases, insects are drawn to the odors released from decomposing flesh, and some such as flies, will lay their eggs in the decay in order to provide the larvae with food. Often maggots will become scattered depending on the nature of the decomposition, carrying deadly bacteria with them. Advanced Bio Treatment can ensure the elimination of salmonella enteric and Escherichia coli, both of which were likely present and rampant throughout the office.

After that experience, I thought that the building would be condemned,” April laughs, “But when we returned to the office later that week after Advanced Bio Treatment had finished the biohazard waste pick up and meticulously treated our building for infectious disease control and prevention, there was nothing left to worry about other than catching up on work. And yes, I worked a few extra hours to ensure that immediately disabling terminated employee key FOBs is standard protocol for all departments!

If you find yourself in need of a biohazard waste pick up or emergency decontamination service in your home, on your property, or in your place of business, call Advanced Bio Treatment 24-hours a day at 1-800-295-1684 for a confidential consultation and immediate, professional service.

Biohazard Blood Cleanup on Black Friday

Black Friday Biohazard Blood Cleanup

Blood Cleanup: If Thanksgiving isn’t quite enough excitement, there’s always Black Friday! Some people go out and just enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but then there are the serious shoppers who have researched the official Black Friday deals and even the more determined shoppers that head out after dinner for those Thanksgiving shopping deals. Apparently, though, there are those on the fringes, extreme shoppers that are off the spectrum and will fight for what they came to buy.

Nancy was absolutely determined to be first in line at her local big box electronics store. There were an unspecified limited number of LED 60 inch flat-screen televisions that were to be sold and Nancy had already mentally mounted one in her living room. She moved Thanksgiving dinner to Wednesday evening and would leave home to camp out outside the store Wednesday evening for the store opening on Thanksgiving at midnight.

When she arrived to wait in line, there were people already with their folding chairs set up, and one man had a cooler beside him as he watched a movie on his phone. Nancy was fifth in line and ready to defend her spot for the next 27 hours. It was grueling, but she did it. She fell asleep in her  reclining chair and was awoken twice by her husband checking in on her and about a dozen other times by various noises throughout the night including a rumbling motorcycle, a couple of skateboarders, and a security guard who dropped his keys on the sidewalk.

The early part of the day went by fairly quickly as Nancy enjoyed people-watching, but she began to question her enthusiasm about the television as the number of people darting in and out of the grocery store across the street for last minute ingredients began to dwindle down and the store closed at 2:00, leaving her with 10 long hours of waiting. She missed her family and wondered what they were all doing together without her.

The line grew and by 11:30 it was further down the sidewalk than Nancy could see standing on her chair. The doors opened right at midnight and Nancy took off for the back right corner of the store. She stood beside the televisions stacked side by side with her hand clearly over the box she was claiming. Associates were helping people one by one and the boxes disappeared quickly. An associate finally helped Nancy and carted off her television, but that’s when things got mixed up. Nancy watched as the associate turned to point a group of customers in another direction when the cart was pulled away by another person. And what appeared to be a customer was heading straight for the register. Nancy flew into a panic and chased the cart and person screaming:

Stop! That’s my television! Stop that cart!

Biohazard Blood Cleanup

In her fury, Nancy plowed right into a woman with a small child in a buggy. After angry words were exchanged and Nancy turned to continue after her beloved black Friday flatscreen tv, the other woman allegedly threw a Blueray dvd at Nancy, hitting her in the head.   With her head cut, Nancy turned to retaliate, but instead knocked into a temporary display that collapsed, taking with it an entire wall until that supported a full display of flatscreen televisions. Three customers that were directly under the display suffered the worst injuries, and several others had minor abrasions. One store employee recalls,

The sound was intense, like a long rumble of thunder. People panicked and began running toward the front of the store. There was glass everywhere and one man who was hurt pretty bad couldn’t get his leg out from underneath a metal beam that had fallen on him from the collapsed shelves. There was blood pouring out from under the broken televisions and a few people were frantically trying to help.

One man with his leg nearly severed and two others, one with a broken collar bone and the other with lacerations to an arm and both legs, the scene was horrific, Nancy remembers. She and the woman she’d exchanged ugly words with, Lora, were now among the rubble, ambulances, and news reporters flooding to the parking lot. According to a store associate, the injuries sustained were all stabilized and luckily no one was killed. As for Nancy and Lora, neither of them got what they came in for or any good Black Friday deals, well other than a lesson in priorities.

The store manager called Advanced Bio Treatment as part of their efforts to recover from the incident as quickly as possible and open their doors to eager shoppers as soon as possible.

The speed and discretion with which Advanced Bio Treatment worked alongside several construction personnel was phenomenal. After a thorough biohazard cleanup, they were able to safely reopen the majority of the store within hours and fulfill the wishes of everyone eager to shop here.