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Accident: 170153845 - Employee Killed Inside Retort

Accident: 170153845 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 10/15/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11211304810/15/19901400Pb Metals
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 1990, Employee #1, a supervisor for Metals Division of Paul R. Briles, Inc., entered a 35 in. diameter by 59 1/2 in. deep retort through its open top to weld and clean its bottom. At approximately 9:05 p.m., he was found inside the retort, slumped down and not breathing. Employee #1was killed. The retort was normally used to heat-treat titanium wire and bolts with argon gas. A copy of the coroner's report was requested.
Keywords: unconsciousness, confined space, ppe, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, welding, argon
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112113048 Fatality Asphyxia Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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