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Accident: 14277362 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Confined Space

Accident: 14277362 -- Report ID: 0112300 -- Event Date: 10/23/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1794521310/23/19924953Clean Harbors Of Kingston Inc
On the afternoon of Friday, October 23, 1992, Employee #1 was cleaning sludge out of a 2,000 gallon ink tank. The sludge contained toluene and xylene. The employee was provided with a combination supplied air/SCBA respirator. No mechanical retrieval equipment was provided. Employee #1 was told to exit the tank because the air supply was low but was unable to do so. His coworkers were unable to retrieve him from the confined space before he died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, xylene, cleaning, toxic atmosphere, toluene, tank, sludge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17945213 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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