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Accident: 912576 - Employee Dies After Entering Oxygen-Deficient Room

Accident: 912576 -- Report ID: 0552621 -- Event Date: 10/30/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11455325811/02/19924221Sparta Fruit Storage Inc

Employee #1 and two coworkers were working at an apple storage facility. At 11:30 a.m., one of the coworkers left for the day to deliver cider. At 2:00 p.m., the other coworker's day ended and she went home. At this point only Employee #1 remained at the plant and was assigned to clean up broken wooden crates. At approximately 6:35 p.m. the coworker delivering cider returned to the facility and noticed that the lights and a radio were on in the building. As he went to turn off the lights and radio, he noticed that the 2 ft by 2 ft plexiglass window installed in apple storage room #4 was missing. He found Employee #1 unconscious inside the room. The room is a controlled atmosphere room where apples are stored in an atmosphere of less than 3 percent oxygen, 3 percent carbon dioxide, and more than 94 percent nitrogen. Employee #1 died due to exposure to the oxygen-deficient atmosphere. He was not to enter the room. It is not known why he entered the room.

Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, work rules, inhalation, storage room, nitrogen, carbon dioxide

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114553258 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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