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Accident: 200359453 - Employee Dies While Filling Propane Tank

Accident: 200359453 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/18/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31487070008/18/20115984Inergy Propane, Llc Dba Jenkins Gas

On August 18, 2011, Employee #1 was filling an underground 1000-gallon LP gas tank at a Bojangles restaurant. Workers observed venting LP and found Employee #1 unconscious, near the filling pipes, with his head in the manhole opening. They pulled Employee #1 away from the manhole and summoned emergency responders. Employee #1 was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. According to the Onslow County Medical Examiner, employee #1 had an enlarged heart and one blocked artery that may have contributed to a fatal arrhythmia. Apparently, Employee #1 was incapacitated before the underground tank became full and began emergency venting because he failed to activate any of the emergency shut off valves available.

Keywords: cardiovasc system, delivery work, heart, unconsciousness, emergency stop, cardiac arrest, cardiovasc disease, propane, manhole, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314870700 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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