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Accident: 170662464 - Two Employees Killed When Overcome By Natural Gas

Accident: 170662464 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 05/30/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30053152205/31/19964923Columbia Gas Of Ohio, Inc.
Employees #1 and #2, of Columbia Gas, were dispatched to a residential site because, while the house was being checked for a sale, a plumber had discovered a leaking curb valve. Employees #1 and #2 were digging an area around the curb valve when the plumber left the site for 23 minutes. Upon his return, he heard a hissing sound. He checked the area where the two employees had been working and found that both had their faces down in the hole; one was bent over in the hole and the other was lying on his stomach, with his head hanging into the hole. Employees #1 and #2 were dead. They had been changing the curb valve without first turning off the gas.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ventilation, ppe, work rules, inhalation, natural gas, gas, pit, valve, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300531522 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 300531522 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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