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Accident: 170054175 - One Employee Killed And One Injured By Argon

Accident: 170054175 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 01/12/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1854681201/13/19933711Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Co.
Employees #1 and #2 were using supplied air respirators while spray painting trucks. The pipes providing air to the respirators had inadvertently been hooked to a 100 percent argon gas line intended for welding. Employee #1 was killed. Employee #2 was affected by the inhalation. The spray booth had been newly installed over the Christmas holidays.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, inhalation, spray painting, argon, inattention, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18546812 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Painting and paint spraying machine operators
2 18546812 Fatality Asphyxia Painting and paint spraying machine operators

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