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Accident: 14489959 - Exposed To Toxic Fumes In Sewer Pipeline

Accident: 14489959 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 07/24/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
225933107/25/19851799Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS APPLYING A COAL TAR PITCH WATERPROOF COATING TO A SEWER PIPE. HE WAS WEARING A FULL FACE AIR LINE RESPIRATOR, WORKING INSIDE THE SEWER PIPE. HE WAS 20 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE AND 100 FEET INTO THE PIPELINE. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE OUTSIDE THE PIPE HELPING EMPLOYEE #1 WITH THE AIR LINE AND THE SPRAYING EQUIPMENT. BREATHING AIR WAS PROVIDED BY AN INGERSOLL RAND OIL-LUBRICATED COMPRESSOR. THE COMPRESSOR HAD NO AIR RECEIVER, NO CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM AND NO HIGH TEMPERATURE ALARM. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. THE CARBON MONOXIDE HAD BEEN GENERATED BY THE COMPRESSOR AND SUPPLIED TO EMPLOYEE #1 THROUGH THE AIR LINE. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 TRIED TO RESCUE EMPLOYEE #1 BUT WERE OVERCOME BY THE COAL TAR PITCH FUMES. THEY WERE NOT PREPARED TO HANDLE THE EMERGENCY. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS HOSPITALIZED AND EMPLOYEE #3 WAS SENT HOME.
Keywords: respiratory, sewer, coal tar pitch, air line respirator, confined space, inhalation, pipeline, toxic fumes, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2259331 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 2259331 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 2259331 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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