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Accident: 14463152 - Seven Employees Inhale Carbon Dioxide- Fire Extinguisher

Accident: 14463152 -- Report ID: 0419000 -- Event Date: 08/25/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245378508/29/19893731Walker Towing Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245377708/29/19894492Western Kentucky Navigation Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245378508/29/19893731Walker Towing Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245377708/29/19894492Western Kentucky Navigation Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245429608/29/19893599West Kentucky Machine Shop
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
245378508/29/19893731Walker Towing Corporation
Seven employees of Walker Towing Service were overcome by Carbon Dioxide when they were re-installing fire extinguishers on board the Bill McCormick. The fire extinguishers discharged Carbon Dioxide when the bottles were bumped and the actuator set off the system. The employees apparently did not recognize the 25 second pre-discharge alarm. The compressor room and the lower engine room had carbon dioxide exposure. As a result, one employee died, three employees were taken to the hospital for observation, and three employees were examined but not hospitalized.
Keywords: asphyxiated, fire extinguisher, inhalation, carbon dioxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2453785 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 2453777 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 2453785 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 2453777 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 2454296 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 2454296 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
7 2453785 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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