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Accident: 14259154 - Asphyxiated In A Confined Space

Accident: 14259154 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 08/10/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
73461608/13/19843769Martin Marietta Aerospace Corp Michoud Div
EMPLOYEE #1 DROPPED AN ARTICLE THRU THE GRATING OF A COVERED PIT BELOW HIS WORK AREA. HE REMOVED THE PIT COVER AND DESCENDED THE LADDER TO THE PIT FLOOR TO RETRIEVE THE ARTICLE. HE DID NOT RETURN. THE PIT SURROUNDS THREE EMPTY CHEMICAL TANKS. THE TANKS HAD BEEN UNUSED AND TAGGED OUT FOR FIVE YEARS. THE CORONER'S DIAGNOSIS (THROUGH AN AUTOPSY) WAS "COMPRESSIVE ASPHYXIA". THIS INDICATES THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS CAUGHT BETWEEN THE PIPES AND POSSIBLY OTHER STRUCTURES AND WAS UNABLE TO BREATHE. IT IS SUSPECTED THAT AN OXYGEN DEFICIENCY AND/OR CHLORINATED HYDROCARBON VAPORS WERE AT LEAST PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE, BUT THIS COULD NOT BE SUBSTANTIATED. A SIMULATION OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT PRODUCED NO DEFINITIVE RESULTS.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, pit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 734616 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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