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Accident: 14481345 - Employees Entered Frac Tank (Confined Space) At Drill Site

Accident: 14481345 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 10/04/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
175649310/05/19841381Cuyahoga Exploration & Development Corp
EMPLOYEE #3 ENTERED A FRAC TANK AT THE DRILLING SITE TO GET A KELLY HOSE. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS WAITING AT THE ENTRANCE ON TOP OF THE TANK. HE SAW EMPLOYEE #3 COLLAPSE. HE CALLED FOR HELP, THEN ENTERED THE TANK. EMPLOYEES #1 AND #4 WERE AT THE WELLHEAD. THEY RESPONDED BY ALSO ENTERING THE TANK. THE TANK HAD ABOUT 2 FEET OF WATER LEFT IN THE BOTTOM. BY THE TIME THE TANK HAD BEEN DRAINED AND THE EMPLOYEES REMOVED, EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 HAD DROWNED. EMPLOYEES #3 AND #4 WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH VARIOUS SYMPTOMS, ATTRIBUTED TO OXYGEN DEFICIENCY AND EXPOSURE TO NATURAL GAS. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED BECAUSE THE EMPLOYEES ENTERED A CONFINED SPACE WITHOUT TESTING THE ATMOSPHERE OR WEARING THE PROPER RESPIRATORY PROTECTION.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, respiratory, ventilation, confined space, frac tank, oil well drilling, toxic atmosphere, natural gas, drown, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1756493 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 1756493 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 1756493 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 1756493 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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