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Accident: 200521755 - Employee Dies After Inhaling Hydrogen Sulfide

Accident: 200521755 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 05/16/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30037736305/17/20009511Cedar Rapids, City Of
Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on May 16, 2000, Employee #1, a process operator at the Cedar Rapids (IA) water pollution control facility, went atop of a tank full of sludge that contained hydrogen sulfide. He apparently opened the hatch to measure the amount of sludge in the tank and was exposed to levels of hydrogen sulfide greater than 300 ppm. At approximately 8:30 a.m., he was found dead by a coworker, who summoned help. Employee #1 was not wearing a respirator. There were no witnesses to the accident.
Keywords: vapor, hydrogen sulfide, work rules, inhalation, air contamination, chemical vapor, sludge, chemical, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300377363 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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