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Accident: 200451441 - Employees Dies From Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 200451441 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 08/19/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30647129308/20/20031771Ads, Llc
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on August 19, 2003, Employee #1, a construction laborer was working on the roof. He complained to his foreman that he was hot and did not feel well. The foreman told him to go down to the second level and sit in the shade to cool off. Employee #1 walked off and the foreman turned away. When the foreman turned back to his direction, he saw him sitting on the deck holding a rebar to hold himself upright. The foreman called other coworkers to help him up and see if walking him would revive him. However, Employee #1 was unconscious, so they took him to the other side of the roof to place him in shade and give him water to cool him off. The general foreman arrived and summoned the emergency medical personnel. After the emergency medical personnel arrived, they used a basket suspended by a crane to lower him to the ground and then took him to the hospital. At the hospital, he was pronounced dead. Medical examiners determined that the cause of death was due to heat stroke.
Keywords: roof, heat stroke, heat exhaustion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306471293 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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