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Accident: 170865497 - Employee Collapses After Inhaling Welding Fumes

Accident: 170865497 -- Report ID: 0950651 -- Event Date: 01/29/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12586650901/30/19981481Industrial Services
Employee #1 and a coworker were welding steel hangers at a construction site. Because of poor weather, they were welding inside an 8 ft by 8 ft by 20 ft long steel container with one end left open for ventilation. When a foreman observed the situation, he told them to stop and set up a shelter with more ventilation. The coworker, who was doing the actual welding, ignored the foreman's instructions and they continued welding inside the container. The fumes built up until Employee #1 collapsed, complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing. He was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for chemical burns to his lungs and respiratory system. Employee #1, a temporary agency worker contracted out to a metal fabricator as a welder, had received no training from the agency that hired him.
Keywords: respiratory, ventilation, ppe, work rules, inhalation, welding, chemical burn, chemical vapor, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125866509 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Welders and cutters

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