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Accident: 200262608 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed By Boiler Gate

Accident: 200262608 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 05/11/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30861446005/12/20057699Pmc, Construction, Inc.
Employee # 1 and a coworker were working in a confined space area of the Number 9A bark burning boiler. The two employees were replacing the carter keys in the conveyor belt located in the upper portion of the boiler. A pair of channel-lock pliers was dropped through an opening in the work area. The coworker, who was the lead person on this job, asked Employee #1 to go and find the pliers. Employee #1 left the confined space, telling the monitor at the entrance of the confined space that he would be back in a few minutes. The monitor waited approximately 5 minutes to 10 minutes and when Employee #1 did not return, the monitor signed Employee #1 out on the confined space entry record. Several hours passed and Employee #1 failed to return to his job assignment. A search for Employee #1 began and he was found at the bottom of the Ash Sluice Tank at the bottom of the boiler. It appeared the ash sluice gate had closed; crushing Employee #1. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: asphyxiated, repair, confined space, boiler, crushed, conveyor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308614460 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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