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Accident: 14529796 - Employee Dies Of Natural Causes

Accident: 14529796 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 07/17/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10140327707/23/19911741Antonio Drouin Masonry, Inc.
Employee #1, a mason, was laying concrete blocks for the foundation of a retail store. The estimated heat stress reading for the day indicated that heat stress conditions may have existed (WBGT=89 degrees F). Employee #1 was performing continuous moderate work activity for 1 to 2 hours, apparently without taking a break. Because it was Employee #1's first day on the job, he was not acclimated to the heat, and he collapsed and died. A connection between the employee's death and the heat could not be shown. The autopsy report indicated that Employee #1 died of natural causes (heart attack). Apparently, Employee #1 had a history of cardiac dysrhythmia. A 5(a)(1) letter for heat stress was sent to the employer.
Keywords: heart, heart attack, construction, cardiovasc disease, heat exhaustion, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101403277 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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