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Accident: 170383764 - Employee Exposed To Chemical In Confined Space

Accident: 170383764 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 11/01/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12601613811/02/19951623Willard Kent Grading
On November 1, 1995, Employee #1, of a construction company that was installing a new sewer line adjacent to an existing sewer line, entered a manhole to retrieve a sandbag from the existing sewer line. He had checked the confined space using a direct reading multi-gas monitor for oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, and combustibles. He entered the manhole without respiratory protective equipment or standby rescue equipment. Employee #1 reportedly saw a white, bubbly liquid that smelled like Raid flow in. His eyes and throat started to burn. He barely managed to climb the ladder to exit the manhole. As he neared the top, a standby coworker helped him exit. Employee #1 was subsequently hospitalized for several days for blurred vision, muscle aches, vomiting, and nausea. Organophosphate pesticide exposure was suspected, but could not be confirmed.
Keywords: sewer, confined space, work rules, construction, inhalation, nausea, toxic fumes, manhole, overexposure, pesticide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126016138 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers

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