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Accident: 14442297 - Employee Exposed To Fatal Concentration Of Hydrogen Sulfide

Accident: 14442297 -- Report ID: 0355122 -- Event Date: 12/14/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
335511212/04/19862823Avtex Fibers, Inc.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ATTEMPTING TO THAW A FROZEN PIPELINE WHICH CARRIED A CHEMICAL SOLUTION FROM A RAYON SPINNING PROCESS TO A 10,000 GALLON STORAGE TANK. THE CHEMICAL SOLUTION CONSISTED OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE, WATER, SULFURIC ACID, SODIUM SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE AND CARBON DISULFIDE. EMPLOYEE #1, LOCATED ON TOP OF THE TANK, STUCK HIS HEAD INTO THE MANHOLE WHILE TRYING TO THAW THE LINE AND WAS OVERCOME BY THE HYDROGEN SULFIDE AND CARBON DISULFIDE.
Keywords: unconsciousness, confined space, hydrogen sulfide, work rules, inhalation, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, manhole, sulfuric acid, carbon disulfide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3355112 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors, production occupations

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