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Accident: 14332191 - Employee Died Of Oxygen Deficiency In Effluent Pit

Accident: 14332191 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 03/27/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
216695703/28/19852621Georgia Kraft Company
EMPLOYEE #1 APPARENTLY WENT TO THE SOUTH POND ANNEX TO RAISE THE WEIR BOARD IN A 4 FOOT BY 4 FOOT BY 5 FOOT DEEP PIT. HIS PURPOSE WAS TO LOWER THE EFFLUENT LEVEL OF THE POND. HE WAS LATER FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT. HE REMAINED COMATOSE UNTIL HE DIED APPROXIMATELY 6 HOURS LATER. NO EVIDENCE OF A FALL WAS FOUND. ACCORDING TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT HE DIED OF OXYGEN DEFICIENCY. MEASUREMENTS TAKEN IN THE PIT UNDER SIMILIAR CONDITIONS SHOWED HYDROGEN SULFIDE LEVELS GREATER THAN 500 PARTS PER MILLION. THE HYDROGEN SULFIDE WAS APPARENTLY GENERATED FROM THE DECAY OF ORGANIC MATERIAL (WOOD CHIPS/FIBERS) IN THE PIT AND IS RELEASED WHEN THE EFFLUENT IS AGITATED AS IT FLOWS OVER THE WEIR BOARD.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, hydrogen sulfide, pit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2166957 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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