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Accident: 201330263 - Employee Died Of Heart Attack

Accident: 201330263 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 11/26/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30311486211/29/19991542Stimm Associates, Inc.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 1999, Employee #1, a carpenter for Stimm Associates, complained of feeling ill. He sat down for a period of time then proceeded to go outside to his truck to get fresh air. Twenty minutes later, another employee found Employee #1 dead in his vehicle. Initially, there were concerns that the fatality may have been work related since Employee #1 had been working in a company designated permit confined space. These concerns were dismissed after determining that the work was completed prior to Employee #1 feeling ill, and that the only potential hazard in the confined space was oxygen deficiency. The space was continuously ventilated and monitoring occurred 100 percent of the time. Employee #1's autopsy report later confirmed that he died as a result of a heart attack. There was no work related activity that played a role in his death.

Keywords: oxygen deficiency, ventilation, confined space, carpenter, heart attack, truck
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 18 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303114862 Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Pouring concrete foundations and walls
FatCause: Other

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