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Accident: 200271013 - Employee Injured By Nitrogen Inhalation

Accident: 200271013 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 03/05/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12219944103/05/20021721George Young & Sons, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12219943303/05/20023321Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc. D/B/A/ Keys
On March 5, 2002, Employees #1 and #2 with George Young & Sons were preparing to perform abrasive blasting work in a second floor spray chamber at Keystone Steel and Wire. They were instructed by the site foreman to don their type CE abrasive blast respirators and upon his return to the area, he found Employees #1 and #2 unconscious. The supplied air line for the respirators had been connected to a plant air line labeled "compressed air". After investigating, it was found that the line was 99.998 percent nitrogen. Both employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, air line respirator, compressed air, inhalation, air line, respirator, nitrogen
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 8
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122199441 Occupation not reported
2 122199433 Occupation not reported

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