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Inspection: 1515220 - Ibm Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Denver

 

Inspection Nr: 1515220
Report ID: 0830500
Open Date: 02/06/1985

Site Address:
Ibm Corporation
6300 Diagonal Hwy
Boulder, CO 80302

Mailing Address:
P O Box 1900, Boulder, CO 80302

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:3861

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 02/06/1985

Emphasis:

Close Case:04/03/1987


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360554950
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $640 $0 $0 $0 $0 $640
Current Penalty $437 $0 $0 $0 $0 $437
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 5A0001 03/27/1985 04/22/1985 $437 $640 $0 04/18/1985 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14507347
Event: 02/05/1985
Asphyxiated By Nitrogen Gas

ON FEBRUARUY 5, 1985, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSIGNED TO PERFORM AN OPERATION INVOLVING REINTRODUCTION OF TONER IN A BLENDER ROOM OF THE TOWER MANUFACTURING DEPARTMENT. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE AT APPROXIMATELY 8:15 PM. AT APPROXIMATELY 8:35 PM, TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES ENTERED THE BLENDER ROOM AND FOUND EMPLOYEE #1 UNCONSCIOUS ON THE FLOOR. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WEARING A YELLOW, FULL-BODY COVERALL WITH ATTACHED HOOD AND FACESHIELD. THE COVERALL WAS MANUFACTURED BY DURAFAB, INC., STYLE 2130Z. IT WAS THE "BESTOSHIELD SUIT," DESCRIBED AS A RESPIRATOR HOODED COVERALL. AN AIR HOSE WAS TAPED INTO THE RESPIRATOR, AND THE OTHER END WAS CONNECTED TO A NITROGEN GAS LINE WITH A QUICK-CONNECT FITTING. THE COUNTY CORONER DETERMINED THE CAUSE OF DEATH TO BE ASPHYXIATION BY THE INHALATION OF NITROGEN GAS. THE QUICK-CONNECT FITTINGS IN THE BLENDER ROOM WERE THE SAME SIZE AND TYPE FOR THE NITROGEN GAS LINES AS THEY WERE FOR THE COMPRESSED AIR GAS LINES. IN ADDITION, THE NITROGEN AND COMPRESSED AIR GAS LINES WERE OF THE SAME COLOR AND, EXCLUDING THE IDENTIFYING NAME, OF SIMILAR LABELING.

Keywords:unconsciousness, air line respirator, asphyxiated, compressed air, inhalation, gas, nitrogen, air line, respirator

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1515220 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
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