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Accident: 115734.015 - Employees Are Injured After Falling In Confined Space

Accident: 115734.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 11/05/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1358080.01511/05/2018Krones Inc / Krones Ag
At 8:00 a.m. on November 8, 2018, Employee #1 was performing mechanical support duties. The accident involved a Decontamination Module, Identified by the Empl oyer as KA30011. Employee #1 was assigned to change metal plates (15 inch by 2 i nch, approximately) located inside the Denomination Unit, a permit-required conf ined space. Employee #1 gathered the tools needed to replace the metal plates a nd climbed up to the location of the confined space entry. The employee went thr ough the 18 inch (approximately) opening and began descending the 16 rungs (appr oximately) ladder, into a unit containing nitrogen gas. Consequently, within 3- 5 seconds (approximately), Employee #1 lost consciousness due to the oxygen-defi cient atmosphere and fell over 10 feet below. Soon after, Employee# 2, went thro ugh the opening and began to descend the ladder when he suffered the same effect s and fell onto Employee# 1. Employee# 1 and Employee# 2 were transported to LAC + USC Medical Center,where they were treated for their injuries.
Keywords: confined space, ladder, nitrogen, oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition   54
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1358080.015 53 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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