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Accident: 200460459 - Employee Dies Of Hypoxia While Repairing Freezer

Accident: 200460459 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 06/12/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30206410006/14/19991711Balco, Incorporated
On the morning of June 12, 1999, Employee #1, of Balco, Inc., was repairing a walk-in freezer at Dick's Last Resort restaurant in Boston, MA. At approximately 12 noon, he was found in the freezer, not breathing and without a pulse. The Boston Fire Department, which responded to the emergency, believed that Employee #1 died of hypoxia. The restaurant manager had put nine 50 lb blocks of dry ice into the freezer the night before to save the food while the freezer was broken. An autopsy had not been performed at the time this report was written.
Keywords: respiratory, repair, work rules, construction, inhalation, carbon dioxide, chemical vapor, freezer compartment, overexposure, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302064100 Fatality Asphyxia Not specified mechanics and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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