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Accident: 170840441 - Two Employees Die In Oxygen Deficient Atmosphere

Accident: 170840441 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 04/25/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12558843404/26/20022076Spectrum Organic Products, Inc.
Employee #1 was cleaning de-bittering tank Number 3. While working inside the tank Employee #1 lost consciousness due to an oxygen-deficient environment. The condition was caused by the presence of Argon gas. Employee #2 entered the tank in order to assist Employee #1 and also lost consciousness. The Employees could not be rescued, due to lack of equipment and training, and as a result both died.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, tank, untrained, argon
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125588434 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators
2 125588434 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators

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