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Accident: 170670061 - Employee Dies Of Hydrocarbon Toxicity In Confined Space

Accident: 170670061 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 04/27/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11009298804/27/19944213Fleet Transport Company, Inc.
Employee #1 returned to a terminal with loaded trailer #196775 and parked the trailer on the south side of the building. He went inside and asked the dispatcher for his next assignment. The dispatcher told him to "blow-out" trailer #181971. Employee #1 moved the single cell aluminum trailer into position to be blown-out. The blowout procedure removed AV-GAS vapors (gasoline-BP aviation 100LL) from the trailer before jet fuel was loaded. Employee #1 climbed on top of the trailer and opened the 20 in. in diameter dome lid. He got off the trailer and obtained a strap. The strap was taken up onto the trailer and attached to the trailer's fixed exterior ladder. The strap was lowered into the trailer. When Employee #1 entered the trailer he died of asphyxiation from hydrocarbon toxicity caused by inhalation of AV-GAS vapors.
Keywords: aircraft, asphyxiated, confined space, cleaning, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, fuel oil, toxic fumes, trailer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110092988 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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