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Accident: 14464341 - Carbon Monoxide Exposure During Confined Space Entry

Accident: 14464341 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 05/01/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1469367505/02/19843312Inland Steel Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1469366705/02/19847699All American Industrial Services
AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR CREW PERFORMED AN UNASSIGNED JOB OF CLEANING WATER OUT OF A 6'X 8' X 7' DEEP PIT IN A STEEL MILL. DRAIN LINES INTO THE PIT CONNECTED TO AN OPERATING BASIC OXYGEN FURNACE OFFGASSING SYSTEM. REMOVAL OF THE WATER ALLOWED BOF GASES (70-90% CARBON MONOXIDE) TO LEAK. EMPLOYEE #1 ENTERED THE PIT THROUGH A 26"X 30" OPENING AND WAS OVERCOME. EMPLOYEE #3 ENTERED THE PIT TO RESCUE #1. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #4 TRIED TO PULL OUT #1 FROM ABOVE. EMPLOYEE #3 COLLAPSED WHILE LIFTING #1. EMPLOYEE #2 FELL OR WAS DRAGGED INTO THE PIT AS A RESULT. EMPLOYEE #4 WENT FOR HELP. INLAND STEEL EMPLOYEES EFFECTED RESCUE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS DEAD AT THE SCENE (81% COHB). EMPLOYEE #2 REMAINS IN A COMA. EMPLOYEE #3 SUFFERED A MEMORY LAPSE AND A NERVE PROBLEM IN ONE LEG. EMPLOYEE #4 IS FINE. THE EMPLOYER HAD AN INADEQUATE CONFINED SPACE ENTRY PROGRAM.
Keywords: confined space, cleaning, inhalation, pit, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14693675 Occupation Not Listed
2 14693667 Fatality Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners
3 14693667 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners
4 14693667 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners
5 14693667 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners

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