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Accident: 14353031 - Two Employees Die Of Asphyxia In Railroad Tank Car

Accident: 14353031 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 06/15/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10034405006/15/19872869Degussa Corporation
Employee #1, a warehouse operator, dropped his safety glasses into the compartment of a railroad tank car that was being filled with aerosol. The aerosol was blown through a line by low pressure nitrogen gas. After Employee #1 notified coworkers and his supervisor, the material flow was turned off but not the gas. Wearing a gas mask, Employee #1 entered the railcar through a manhole. He was overcome and fell to the bottom of the tank. Employee #2, his supervisor, entered the railcar in a rescue attempt but was also overcome. Two other employees wearing gas masks attempted an unsuccessful rescue. Coworkers who donned SCBA removed the two bodies. Neither Employee #1 nor Employee #2 could be revived. Two hours later the tank air was tested and found to be at 14 percent oxygen.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, railroad tank car, work rules, nitrogen, scba
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100344050 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 100344050 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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