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Accident: 14353684 - Employee Falls Escaping Fire And Dies Of Hyperthermia

Accident: 14353684 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 03/05/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1834682503/06/19917699Westinghouse Electric Corp./Pensacola Division
Employee #1 was one of two employees performing an arc welding metal spray procedure inside a continuous digester at a paper mill. The work was being performed on a scaffold 50 feet from the top of the vessel, which had a vertical height of 155 feet and an inside diameter of 14 feet. A fire started on a tarp below the work scaffold. Because the employees were not connected to lifelines, they exited from the vessel by hanging onto a boatswain's chair as it was lifted to the top. Employee #1 fell from the ascending chair. He died of hyperthermia before rescue workers could reach him.
Keywords: bosun chair, lifeline, confined space, work rules, fire, fall, fall protection, arc welding, high temperature, scaffold
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18346825 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported

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