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Accident: 200801330 - Two Employees Die From Asphyxia In Confined Space

Accident: 200801330 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 06/17/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30838086406/20/20051794B & L Excavating, Inc.

On June 17, 2005, Employees #1 and #2 entered a 10-ft 6-in. manhole to perform testing, prior to hooking onto the live sewer line. They wanted to ensure that there were no leaks. The testing required confined space procedures. Employees #1 and #2 entered the space without permit. No harness, tripod or winch was used. In addition, the air quality was not tested. Employees #1 and #2 were asphyxiated and medflighted to the hospital. Employee #1 died on June 17, 2005, and Employee #2 died on June 20, 2005. The hospital records indicated that the oxygen level of Employee #2 was 35-40.

Keywords: leak, oxygen, asphyxiated, installing, confined space, construction, inhalation, gas, manhole
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 10 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308380864 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 308380864 Fatality Asphyxia Managers and administrators, n.e.c FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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