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Accident: 14522627 - Employee Dies Of Heart Attack In Argon-Filled Confined Space

Accident: 14522627 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 03/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
223346803/26/19853443The Babcock And Wilcox Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
223348405/07/19857381Pinkerton'S Inc
Employee #1 was assigned to purge a pipe that was to be welded with argon gas. Argon was coming through the pipe and a spray nozzle, and Employee #1 entered the steam generator compartment to tape off the spray nozzle at the bottom of the compartment. A coworker heard him tear off some tape, after which he became unresponsive. Employee #1 had died after suffering a heart attack. The only opening to the compartment was a 16 inch diameter manway; all other openings were sealed. The only source of air was a hose hooked to a compressor. The inert argon gas may or may not have contributed to Employee #1's death.
Keywords: ppe, heart attack, work rules, inhalation, argon, heart, ventilation, confined space, gas, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2233468 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 2233484 Occupation Not Listed

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