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Accident: 14534101 - Employee Dies From Bacterial Infection

Accident: 14534101 -- Report ID: 0935000 -- Event Date: 09/10/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10359893409/13/200215423k Corporation
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on September 10, 2002, Employee #1, a carpenter for 3K Corporation, was working at a commercial building construction site when he started complaining of dizziness and was granted permission by his foreman to lie down. Two hours later, coworkers found him unconscious on the floor, and after some confusion and delay, they summoned an ambulance. Employee #1 was transported to Commonwealth Health Center, where he died at approximately 9:00 p.m. that same day, of cardiac arrhythmia. The attending physician later stated that, based on Employee #1's physical condition upon his arrival at the hospital and the results of his lab tests, she believed that his death may have been caused by leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread mainly by the urine of infected animals, especially rats.
Keywords: unconsciousness, carpenter, construction, cardiac arrest, dizziness, infectious disease
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 3 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 103598934 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Other

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