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Accident: 170709174 - One Employee Killed And One Injured By Oxygen Deficiency

Accident: 170709174 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 01/14/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12473048201/14/19963339Titanium Metals Corp Of America
At approximately 12:40 a.m. on January 14, 1996, Employee #1 entered RT-53, a reduction and distillation vessel, to remove the TCC shaft that had become disconnected and had fallen into the vessel. RT 53 contained an argon atmosphere and Employee #1 collapsed after descending into the vessel by riding a hoist to the bottom. At approximately 12:45 a.m., Employee #2 entered the vessel by sliding down the hoist cables. He also collapsed before reaching the bottom of the vessel and fell 4 to 6 ft due to hypoxia. Employee #1 died at the scene. Employee #2 regained consciousness. Suffering minor contusions, Employee #2 was hospitalized overnight and released.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, distiller, inhalation, fall, argon
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124730482 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors, production occupations
2 124730482 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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