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Accident: 170064851 - Employee Is Overcome By Vapors In Confined Space

Accident: 170064851 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 02/09/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11561356402/11/19943931United Musical Instruments Usa, Inc.
Employee #1 was working inside a dip tank that held up to 82 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE), and was wearing a respirator that had not been fit tested. The space was not monitored prior to entry and no rescue equipment was available. The employee felt he was inhaling vapors so he took off the mask while in the space and then passed out. The attendant could not get the employee out due to a lack of rescue equipment. Employee #1 was removed with the assistance of other unprotected employees. He was hospitalized for 2 1/2 days. For a brief period he was comatose.
Keywords: unconsciousness, vapor, confined space, work rules, inhalation, dip tank, pipe, overexposure, trichlorethylene
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115613564 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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