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Accident: 170727663 - Employee Injured Cleaning Hazardous Waste

Accident: 170727663 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 02/16/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11974204702/16/19952869Romic Environmental Technologies
Employee #1, employed by a hazardous waste company at an off-site rail car cleaning operation, was cleaning a railroad tank car containing sludge with volatile organics and heavy metals (hazardous waste). A coworker, a confined space attendant/superintendent, was on the platform. Another coworker was on the ground monitoring the equipment. Employee #1 was using a Willson PD full face respirator with a five minute bottle. He lost air supply and was pulled out by the superintendent. Employee #1 suffered injury to the central nervous system due to hypoxia. The respirator's air supply was improperly operated and the coupling, which failed, had been taped.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, inadequate maint, railroad tank car, work rules, cleaning, scba, hazardous waste, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119742047 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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