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Accident: 14322473 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Manhole

Accident: 14322473 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 09/19/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10875086009/25/19951629Elkhorn Excavating
Employee #1 was assigned to locate and open, but not enter, the manhole of an abandoned sewage ejector access pit that had been out of service for nine years. He was also told to fill the space with concrete and dirt. When the manhole, which had been buried under 2 ft of dirt, was found, Employee #1 entered the space. He died of asphyxia. It was later determined that the space was oxygen deficient.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, sewer, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, construction, inhalation, scba, pit, manhole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108750860 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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