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Accident: 14532352 - Employee Killed In Oxygen Deficient Tank Inside Barge

Accident: 14532352 -- Report ID: 1032100 -- Event Date: 06/01/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10710767406/01/19903731Seward Ship'S Drydock Inc

Employee #1 was assigned to open hatches and pump water out of a barge that was to be removed from the water. The employee removed a sealed hatch leading to a double-bottom tank and entered the tank before it was tested for oxygen deficiency. Employee #1 died. Tests taken later indicated that the oxygen level was approximately 8 percent. Drug use may have contributed to Employee #1's death by impairing his judgment.

Keywords: oxygen deficiency, barge, shipyard, confined space, work rules, intoxicated, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107107674 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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