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Accident: 124207.015 - Two Employees Are Killed By Asphyxiation In Tank Confined Sp

Accident: 124207.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 02/20/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1464642.01502/21/2020Great Lakes Tank & Vessel Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1464356.01502/20/2020Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1464642.01502/21/2020Great Lakes Tank & Vessel Llc
At 12:30 p.m. on February 20, 2020, Employee #1, employed by a structural steel fabricator and erector company, was entering a tank to clean it. The tank had a combination of Ecocure II and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) residues and had been purged with nitrogen. Employee #1 entered the permit required confined space that contained the residual chemicals and nitrogen to perform the cleaning operations. She was overcome by the oxygen deficient atmosphere. Employee #2, employed by a chemical distribution company, entered the tank to make a rescue attempt for Employee #1. He was also overcome from the oxygen deficient atmosphere. Both employees were killed by asphyxiation.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, confined space, mek, nitrogen, cleaning, asphyxiated, purging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1464642.015 65 M Fatality Asphyxia Truck drivers, heavy
2 1464356.015 65 M Fatality Asphyxia Truck drivers, heavy
3 1464356.015 30 F Fatality Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners
4 1464642.015 30 F Fatality Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners

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