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Accident: 122540.015 - Employee Dies From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Accident: 122540.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 12/16/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1451517.01512/17/2019James E. Moline Builders, Inc.
At 12:15 p.m. on December 16, 2019, Employee #1, employed by a home builder, was found unresponsive after using a gasoline-powered pressure washer to clean the garage floor of a recently completed residential structure. The garage measured approximately 26 feet by 21 feet with a ceiling height of 9 feet, for a total volume of approximately 4,914 cubic feet. The garage doors and windows were closed as she worked, and there was no ventilation. The employee was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from the pressure washer and died from asphyxiation.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, gasoline, residential construction, confined space, spraying rig, washing machine, unresponsive, carbon monoxide, ventilation, asphyxiated
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   1 10 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1451517.015 35 F Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause:
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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