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Accident: 170794457 - Employee Faints While Welding And Inhaling Argon Gas

Accident: 170794457 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 06/04/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30442811306/04/20013554Buren Sheet Metal Inc
Employee #1, a welder working for Buren Sheet Metal Incorporated, was using a Heliarc welder, which used Argon gas as a shielding gas, to weld 50 pieces of cylindrical shaped steel (pullies) pieces. He worked at his welding bench without a respirator or mechanical ventilation. He positioned himself with his face 4-to-6 inches away from the welding arc. He began welding at about 7:00 a.m. and initially felt dizzy and short of breath. He stopped welding briefly at about 9:30 a.m. Employee #1 then put on a dust mask and resumed welding in the same position. He briefly lost consciousness at about 11:00 a.m. He was taken to Providence Hospital where he was diagnosed with symptoms related to inhalation of a toxic asphyxiant airborne contaminants. He received respiratory therapy and was released.
Keywords: asphyxiated, welding, fainted, argon
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304428113 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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