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Accident Summary Nr: 14449763 - Employee Overcome By Freon Gas In Confined Space

Accident Summary Nr: 14449763 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 09/24/1986
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
241633709/25/198638510Lantz Lenses, Inc.

Abstract: ON SEPTEMBER 24, 1986, EMPLOYEE #1 ENTERED A 4.8 FEET DEEP FLOOR SUMP PIT TO CLEAR AWAY ACCUMULATED SLUDGE. ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER HE WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT. A FEW MINUTES LATER WHEN HE WAS PULLED FROM THE PIT HE APPEARED TO BE BREATHING. HE WAS RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS DECLARED DEAD 1 1/2 HOURS LATER. FREON 113 VAPORS IN EXCESS OF 2800 PPM WERE FOUND IN THE PIT THE NEXT DAY. CONFINED SPACE ENTRY PROCEDURES FOR THIS PIT HAD NOT BEEN DEVELOPED.

Keywords: respiratory, unconsciousness, confined space, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, freon, pit

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 2416337 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Janitors and cleaners

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