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Accident: 200920783 - Employee Dies From Apparent Hyperthermia

Accident: 200920783 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 08/01/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30526472308/02/20021751Mark Patton

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2002, Employee #1, his employer, and several coworkers were completing the installation of the second-story sub-floor on a two-story home under construction. Employee #1 was nailing the sub-floor when the employer noticed that he was missing the floor joist and behaving erratically. The employer sent him to lie down, so Employee #1 descended from the second story and lay down on a pile of plywood sheathing. The employer noticed that he was still acting erratically, so he abandoned his work and escorted Employee #1 into the garage, laid him down on a piece of plywood, placed ice on his neck and wrists, and called the rescue squad. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died at 10:20 a.m. on the following day of apparent hyperthermia. The temperature on the day he was stricken had been approximately 90 degrees F.

Keywords: heat, construction, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, high temperature
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305264723 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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