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Accident: 14499826 - Employee Asphyxiated When He Inhaled Carbon Dioxide

Accident: 14499826 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 11/29/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10011271312/02/19853714A O Smith Automotive Products Company
THREE EMPLOYEES WERE TEST DISCHARGING A CARBON DIOXIDE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM. ONLY ONE OF THE THREE EMPLOYEES WAS PROVIDED WITH A RESPIRATOR. WHEN THE DIP TANK SYSTEM WAS DISCHARGED, THE CARBON DIOXIDE FILLED A LARGER AREA THAN WAS ANTICIPATED BY THE CREW. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ENGULFED BY THE DISCHARGED GAS. DUE TO A DELAYED RESCUE ATTEMPT, EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE LEADING TO A FATAL CARDIAC ARREST.
Keywords: respiratory, asphyxiated, heart attack, inhalation, carbon dioxide, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100112713 Fatality Asphyxia Machinery maintenance occupations

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