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Accident: 170022818 - Employee Dies Of Anoxia After Inhaling Nitrogen Gas

Accident: 170022818 -- Report ID: 0213400 -- Event Date: 03/15/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10988245603/16/19952834Ciba Pharmaceuticals
At approximately 12:55 p.m. on March 15, 1995, Employee #1, a chemical operator at Ciba-Geigy in Summit, NJ, was found slumped in the manway of reactor XR30. According to the batch sheet, the employee had been dry charging bromoketone powder into the nitrogen-inerted reactor. The medical examiner determined that the employee died of cerebral anoxia due to inhaling nitrogen gas.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, reactor, ventilation, work rules, inhalation, gas, nitrogen, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109882456 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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