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Accident: 200002699 - Employee Dies From Hypoxia In Confined Space

Accident: 200002699 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 04/07/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31093741204/08/20082869Northwest Missouri Biofuels, Llc.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on April 7, 2007, Employee #1, who worked for a biodiesel manufacturing facility, was cleaning sediment and bottom fat sludge from an empty rail tank car. The Plant Manager had instructed Employee #1 to enter the empty rail tank car without following required procedures or providing necessary equipment when entering a permit required confined space. Employee #1 fell to the bottom of the 10 foot tank, either from hypoxia, inhaling toxic vessel gases, or foot slippage, hitting his head on the tank. The Plant Manager, following his cry for help, tried to initiate a rescue but was also overcome by gases and fell midway off the rope ladder onto Employee #1. Employee #1 was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead. The Plant manager also was transported to Heartland Hospital, treated for his injuries, and stayed overnight. The Plant manager is not listed in the injury inspection report.
Keywords: asphyxiated, vapor, confined space, ppe, railroad tank car, gas, fall, chemical vapor, process safety, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310937412 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators

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