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Accident: 14500110 - Employee Dies Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure In Tank Truck

Accident: 14500110 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 09/30/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10355025710/03/19884212Twin Town Milk Men
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10355024010/03/19882023Kerry Foods Inc.
Employee #2 entered into a whey tanker truck that had been cleaned by a clean in place (CIP) process. The CIP operation failed to remove the precipitated sugars that had settled into the bottom. Carbon monoxide was generated by a reaction between the whey sugars and sodium hydroxide. Employee #2 entered the tanker and started to hose it out. After he was 2/3 finished, he felt dizzy and exited the tank. Because no one was cleaning his truck tanker, Employee #1 entered the tanker and started to clean. He was found face down in the tank a short time later. Employees #3 and #4 entered to rescue him. Once Employee #1 was removed, unsuccessful attempts were made to revive him. Employee #1 died of carbon monoxide exposure.
Keywords: tank truck, sodium hydroxide, cleaning, dizziness, toxic fumes, overexposure, carbon monoxide, truck driver, confined space, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103550257 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 103550240 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
3 103550240 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
4 103550240 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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