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Accident: 14486161 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Shipboard Confined Space

Accident: 14486161 -- Report ID: 0215600 -- Event Date: 03/05/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10018264103/06/19863731Stevens Technical Services Inc.
Employee #1 and a coworker were assigned to prepare the auxiliary diesel fire pump in a ship's sixth level chambers for inspection. The 15-ft by 16-ft by 15-ft chamber contained only the pump, the drive, and a fire suppression system consisting of three carbon dioxide cylinders. The only exit from this chamber was a steel ladder through a 30-in. by 30-in. vertical shaft. The carbon dioxide cylinders had been accidentally discharged in the chamber, effectively removing all oxygen from the atmosphere. Upon entering the area, Employee #1 was overcome; he died of asphyxia. The coworker escaped without injury.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, ppe, work rules, inhalation, ship, carbon dioxide, accidental discharge, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100182641 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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