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Accident: 200080174 - Employee Overcome By Carbon Monoxide From Propane Saw

Accident: 200080174 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 07/03/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10985658307/06/19981771Foundations Addition
On July 3, 1998, Employee #1 and a coworker were using a propane-powered concrete cutting saw in an unventilated basement when they were overcome by carbon monoxide. The local fire department responded to the 911 call and transported the workers to Windham Hospital. They were then flown by helicopter to Norwich for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. Approximately 30 minutes after the saw had been turned of, fire department personnel reported a carbon monoxide reading of 200 ppm.
Keywords: ventilation, work rules, construction, inhalation, saw, exhaust fumes, chemical vapor, overexposure, carbon monoxide, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 109856583 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Concrete and terrazzo finishers FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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