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Accident: 100333.015 - Employee Is Working In Confined Space And Becomes Unresponsi

Accident: 100333.015 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 10/25/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1274028.01510/25/2017Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.
At 6:30 p.m. on October 25, 2017, an employee was working with a crew that was e ngaged in sewer line rehabilitation work using a cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP). Th e CIPP process is a trenchless method for the sewer pipe repair which involves a resin-impregnated fiberglass liner inverted into the damaged sewer pipe. The e mployee crawled into a 24 inch horizontal sewer line and was in approximately 30 feet, cutting ropes and lying flat hot water circulation hoses. The employee b egan to mumble and became unresponsive. Emergency Services responded and the em ployee's body was recovered by the Fire Department Rescue Team and the employee was pronounced at the scene. Drowning with styrene toxicity was listed as a sig nificant contributing factor.
Keywords: confined space, oxygen, styrene, toxic atmosphere, toxic fumes
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1274028.015 22 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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