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Inspection: 100029016 - Envir-O-Tech, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Denver

 

Inspection Nr: 100029016
Report ID: 0830500
Open Date: 01/05/1988

Site Address:
Envir-O-Tech, Inc.
Stapleton International Airport
Denver, CO 80207

Mailing Address:
3010 Nome Street, Aurora, CO 80010

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:1795

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 03/29/1988

Emphasis:

Close Case:05/16/1989


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360367270
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 5 8
Current Violations 3 5 8
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
Current Penalty $1,080 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,080
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 04/27/1988 10/31/1988 $360 $720 $0 05/16/1988 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01002A Serious 19260055 A 04/27/1988 05/02/1988 $560 $560 $0 05/16/1988 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
3. 01002B Serious 19260055 B 04/27/1988 10/31/1988 $0 $0 $0 05/16/1988 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 01003 Serious 19260154 A02 04/27/1988 10/31/1988 $720 $720 $0 05/16/1988 F - Formal Settlement  
5. 02001 Other 19260058 M02 IIB 04/27/1988 05/27/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  
6. 02002 Other 19260058 M03 I 04/27/1988 05/27/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  
7. 02003 Other 19260058 M04 III 04/27/1988 05/27/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  
8. 02004 Other 19260058 N02 III 04/27/1988 05/27/1988 $0 $0 $0 -  
9. 02005 Other 19260154 B04 04/27/1988 10/31/1988 $0 $0 $0 05/16/1988 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14428619
Event: 01/05/1988
Employee Dies Of Asphyxia Caused By Propane-Powered Heater

On the evening of January 4, 1988, during an asbestos removal operation, Employee #1 was phoned at home and asked by his supervisor to come to the work site to perform night duty. When he arrived, he was instructed to stand watch for a second abatement contractor and turn on the water valve inside the company's asbestos removal enclosure for the contractor's employees. The water access valve for both companies was inside the employer's enclosure. At approximately 11:00 p.m., Employee #1 told the contractor's employee to come and get him when they needed water, then proceeded to the company's enclosure to sleep. He closed off the clean area, which was 5 ft wide by 15 ft long by 7 ft high, and turned on a propane-powered Pelsue heater blower 1500 S. At approximately 5:00 a.m., the contractor's employee found Employee #1 dead in the small clean room enclosure. Employee #1 was asphyxiated by carbon monoxide from the propane heater, which he had run all night in the unventilated enclosure. His blood carboxyhemoglobin level was measured at 75.6 percent.

Keywords:asphyxiated, work rules, propane, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide, fell asleep, ventilation, heater, construction

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100029016 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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