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Accident: 133632.015 - Employee Is Asphyxiated And Dies In Nitrogen-Filled Tanker

Accident: 133632.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 02/22/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1516768.01502/22/2021Freedomtrucks Of America, Llc

At 9:45 a.m. on February 22, 2021, an employee was working for a general, long-d istance, truckload freight trucking company. He washed vehicles and cleaned equi pment for the company. He was cleaning a tanker trailer that had contained ALFOL 16. This is a tradename for 1-Hexadecanol. The employer stated that the employe e was inspecting the tank for materials. The atmosphere in the tanker had been c harged with nitrogen. It was low in oxygen. The employee lost consciousness and died from asphyxia. He was not hospitalized.

Keywords: asphyxiated, carboxyhemoglobin, cleaning, lack of oxygen, loss of consciousness, lost consciousness, nitrogen, oxygen, oxygen deficiency, tank cleaning, tank truck, toxic atmosphere, trailer truck, unconsciousness

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1516768.015 25 M Fatality Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners

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