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Accident: 170705909 - Employees Overexposed To Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 170705909 -- Report ID: 0855610 -- Event Date: 03/31/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10786478704/04/19955411Warehouse Market, Inc.
Employees #1 through #4 were hospitalized after they were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide gas while cutting a hole in a cement floor with gas-powered equipment. Proper ventilation was not in use. The four employees, who had no job-related construction experience, were attempting to cut the hole to allow for the installation of a better drain system. Factors such as noise and dust were taken into consideration, but due to the lack of experience operating gas-powered equipment in an enclosed or restricted area, the possibility for exposure to carbon monoxide gas was not considered. This led to the lack of monitoring for hazardous gases and/or installation of proper ventilation.
Keywords: enclosed space, vapor, ventilation, work rules, inhalation, inexperience, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107864787 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, n.e.c.
2 107864787 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Concrete and terrazzo finishers
3 107864787 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, n.e.c.
4 107864787 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, n.e.c.

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