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Accident: 14473409 - Employee Died Due To Asphyxia And Five Others Injured

Accident: 14473409 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 07/27/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10320250307/28/19891796Central Machinery Movers
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10320254507/28/19893523A.O. Smith Engineered Storage Products Company
Two employees entered a 12-ft by 20-ft by 12-ft-deep pit. Carbon monoxide from the nearby heating operation was pulled into the space. Employee #2 became nauseous and left the pit while Employee #1 stayed. Other employees found Employee #2 staggering in the hallway and saw Employee #1 lying unconscious in the pit. Employees #3, 4, 5, and 6 entered the pit to rescue Employee #1. Employees #3, 4, 5, and 6 all became disoriented and attempted to immediately leave the pit. Employee #3 had to be pulled from the pit by Employees # 4, 5, and 6. The local fire department arrived and pulled Employee #1 from the pit. All six employees were transported to the hospital. Employee #1 died of asphyxia. Employees #2 and 3 were hospitalized for asphyxia. Employees #4, 5, and 6 were treated for asphyxia and released.
Keywords: asphyxiated, carbon monoxide, confined space, gas, nausea, pit, chemical vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103202503 Occupation Not Listed
2 103202545 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 103202545 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 103202545 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 103202545 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 103202545 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
7 103202545 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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