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Accident: 170084362 - One Employee Dies, Two Injured By Asphyxia In Yeast Vat

Accident: 170084362 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 02/11/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12359147102/12/19962051Richter'S Bakery Of San Antonio Inc.
Employee #1 entered an approximately 5 ft by 8 ft stainless steel vat to retrieve a small object. After searching for Employee #1 for approximately 30 minutes, Employee #2 entered the vat to retrieve him but became ill and fainted. Employee #3 then went into the vat to retrieve Employees #1 and #2, but he became dizzy and was pulled out by coworkers. Employee #2 was retrieved by rescue services and both he and Employee #3 were hospitalized for asphyxia. Employee #1 had already died of asphyxia by the time he was pulled out of the vat. The vat was being used to brew yeast for a bakery. Carbon dioxide is given off and oxygen is depleted during the fermentation process.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, inhalation, scba, dizziness, carbon dioxide, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123591471 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 123591471 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 123591471 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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