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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14508790 - Two Employees Killed By Ethyl Ether Poisoning

Accident: 14508790 -- Report ID: 0316300 -- Event Date: 10/18/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1796809010/21/19912892Hercules Incorporated
Employees #1 and #2 entered a dike around an ethyl ether storage tank apparently to clean up a spill of approximately 150 gallons of ethyl ether. Both employees died as a result of systemic ethyl ether poisoning. The dike had been classified as a confined space by the employer and Employees #1 and #2 had been trained in the company's confined space entry program. The space had not been tested as safe to enter.
Keywords: confined space, work rules, cleaning, toxic atmosphere, storage tank, scba, spill, poisoning, toxic fumes, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17968090 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported
2 17968090 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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