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Accident: 106630.015 - Employee In Pump Pit Is Overwhelmed By Diesel Fuel Vapors

Accident: 106630.015 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 04/10/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1308783.01504/10/2018Mallick Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
At 11:15 a.m. on April 10, 2018, Employee #1, a master plumber, and a coworker who was Employee #1's apprentice, both employed by a plumbing company, were installing a new dewatering pump unit in a pit. Between 7:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Employee #1 entered the pit three times, each time wearing fall protection and personal protective equipment. His coworker was stationed at the pit's entrance. During his third stint working in the pit, after 30 to 40 minutes, Employee #1 was overwhelmed by vapors. His coworker used Employee #1's attached lifeline to rescue him. Both employees later reported that they had been smelling diesel fuel all morning. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, admitted, and treated for his exposure.
Keywords: pit, construction, gasoline, fall protection, vapor, plumbing, ppe, pump, unconsciousness, poisoning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1308783.015 23 M Non Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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