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Accident: 170119721 - Intoxicated Employee Dies Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Accident: 170119721 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 11/02/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10866094511/03/19951711Van Houton Plumbing
At approximately 12:00 noon on November 2, 1995, Employee #1 had been hired by his best friend and a local plumbing contractor to cut trenches into the concrete floor in preparation for future plumbing. He began using a rented 13 HP gasoline-fueled concrete cutter inside an empty 18,240 cubic foot room that had limited ventilation: although the room was large, its only fresh air exchange was through a set of double doors. At approximately 3:00 p.m., the building manager advised Employee #1 to keep the doors open because the fumes were strong. Employee #1 responded that he appreciated the manager's concern but he knew what he was doing. At 5:00 p.m., employees in a tanning salon next door complained to the building manager of a strong odor of fumes. The building manager entered the room to find Employee #1 slumped over the cutter. He was pronounced dead at the scene with a carboxyhemoglobin level of 69 1/2 percent and a blood alcohol level of .3 percent.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, ventilation, alcohol, work rules, intoxicated, air contamination, carboxyhemoglobin, poisoning, toxic fumes, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108660945 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers

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