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Accident: 14320170 - Employees Using Gas-Powered Trowel Suffer Co Poisoning

Accident: 14320170 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 02/20/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11615244802/22/19961771Yoe Concrete Construction, Incorporated
At approximately 6:15 p.m. on February 22, 1996, Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 were troweling concrete in a newly constructed building. Employees #1 and #2 periodically operated a gasoline-powered Razorback trowel while Employees #3 and #4 hand troweled the outer edges of the surface. The area of the building was approximately 80 ft by 100 ft. Most of the doors in the building were kept closed to keep heat in the building and to allow the concrete to cure; however, some ventilation for the work area was supplied by two stand up fans and through one open personnel door across from a garage door that was opened 1/4 of the way. By the end of the day, carbon monoxide levels were high and the employees became dizzy, sleepy, and nauseous and began to suffer headaches. Employees #1 through #4 were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keywords: ventilation, headache, work rules, construction, inhalation, dizziness, poisoning, toxic fumes, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116152448 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 116152448 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 116152448 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 116152448 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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