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Accident: 601427 - Employees Die After Being Overcome In Tanker Trailer

Accident: 601427 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 06/07/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10631839706/08/19884212Fleming'S Truck Wash
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10631639106/06/19885191Cargill Nutrena Feed Division

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on June 7, 1988, Employee #1 entered a tanker trailer to clean it. The tanker had been hauling molasses and wastewater and was then emptied. Employee #1 did not test the air for oxygen, toxic gas, or combustibles and did not ventilate the tank or utilize a lifeline. There was no buddy system. The driver of the tractor trailer noticed a problem with Employee #1 and contacted office personnel. Employee #2, a driver for John Fleming Trucking, dropped in to rescue Employee #1. He did not wear any personal protective equipment or lifeline either and was also overcome by the toxic atmosphere. Fire rescue subsequently retrieved both men, who later died.

Keywords: tank truck, ppe, work rules, cleaning, toxic atmosphere, overexposure, lifeline, ventilation, confined space

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106318397 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 106318397 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 106316391 Occupation Not Listed

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