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Accident: 14317804 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Tank

Accident: 14317804 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 09/04/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
86088209/05/19907699Keehn Service Co.
Employee #1 was making repairs to a valve inside a tank trailer that until recently had been filled with sulfur dioxide. He removed the manway cover and entered the trailer with his tools. Employee #1 had not checked the atmosphere inside the tank and, although he was wearing a gas mask, he began to be affected by the gas. Employee #1 tried to get out of the tank, but was overcome and died. He was found lying on the back of the tank with his head still inside it.
Keywords: respiratory, asphyxiated, confined space, ppe, work rules, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, scba, sulfur dioxide, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 860882 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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