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Accident: 14379721 - Employee Drowns In Treatment Pit

Accident: 14379721 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 10/10/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10132192510/11/19882621The Mead Corp
On October 10, 1988, Employee #1, a sewage treatment plant operator, was assigned to dump drums of a defoaming agent into the secondary treatment pump pit, which contained approximately 10 to 12 ft of hot water. Several hours later, a search was conducted to find Employee #1. At the pit, there were twelve grate sections found to be missing over the tank. Employee #1's body was found in the pit after the water level was lowered. A subsequent investigation revealed that the 8 in. steel beam supporting the cover had collapsed due to severe corrosion. The beam was approximately 21 years old and had been subjected to high humidity and potentially corrosive atmospheres.
Keywords: beam, collapse, inadequate maint, equipment failure, corrosion, drown
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101321925 Fatality Asphyxia Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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