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Accident: 14329262 - Employee Dies After Falling Into Oxygen-Deficient Void

Accident: 14329262 -- Report ID: 0316110 -- Event Date: 11/12/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10040361711/12/19863731Marine Hydraulics International Inc.
Employee #1 and a coworker opened the cover to a void in an aircraft carrier. Employee #1 went into the void before the atmosphere was checked by a competent person. He had gone approximately 5 feet into the tank to check for oil or water when he realized something was wrong and tried to climb out. The coworker said that he appeared dizzy and weak. Employee #1 fell approximately 26 feet to the bottom of the void, sustaining fatal chest injuries. Tests after the accident revealed a 7 percent oxygen atmosphere approximately 5 feet from the top of the void.
Keywords: chest, oxygen deficiency, shipyard, aircraft carrier, confined space, work rules, scba, dizziness, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100403617 Fatality Cancer Occupation not reported

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