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Accident: 14232300 - Employees Die From Carbon Dioxide Spill

Accident: 14232300 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 06/18/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10118256606/18/19903353Ravenswood Aluminum Cororation
Employees #1 and #2, plant security guards, descended a stairway to the basement underneath a cold rolling mill to reset a carbon dioxide extinguishing system. The system had been triggered when a small fire at the mill had broken out six hours earlier. These two employees knew there was a known concentration of carbon dioxide in the basement but left their self contained breathing apparatus units in their vehicle and took one self rescuer with them. They were discovered 30 minutes later at the bottom of the stairway and all efforts to revive them failed. Employee #1 and #2 were pronounced dead at Jackson General Hospital.
Keywords: fire ext system, asphyxiated, fire extinguisher, fire, scba, carbon dioxide, spill
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101182566 Fatality Asphyxia Protective service occupations, n.e.c.
2 101182566 Fatality Asphyxia Protective service occupations, n.e.c.

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