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Accident: 170241905 - Employee Becomes Unconscious In Oxygen-Deficient Atmosphere

Accident: 170241905 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 12/29/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11542527412/29/19940175Borton & Sons Inc
Employee #1 and a helper were sent by a supervisor to close CA room #41 and open CA room #42. The CA rooms, used to retard aging of stored fruits, contain 96 percent nitrogen, 2 percent oxygen, and 2 percent carbon dioxide. The helper left to assist someone else. Another helper then found Employee #1 unconscious inside CA room #42. The helper climbed into the CA room through a 3 ft by 4 ft door and lifted Employee #1 out. A rescue squad arrived and transported him to the hospital, where he spent seven days. He has recovered.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, agriculture, work rules, toxic atmosphere, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115425274 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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