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Accident: 200555514 - Welder Dies Of Asphyxia

Accident: 200555514 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/31/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31152929101/09/20093732Trinity Yachts Llc
On December 31, 2008, a welder was preparing to conduct TIG welding on a 2 in. by 65 in. piece of pipe located in the vent trunk compartment of an aluminum vessel under construction. The estimated height where the pipe entered the compartment was about 1.5 ft from the bottom of the deck. The welding process involved using an argon gas purge on the pipe. The hose supplying the argon gas was in place on the top of the pipe. At 9:15 a.m., the welder completed a prior welding project. At this time, the welder exited the vessel to adjust his welding machine to complete welding on the vent trunk. At 9:18 a.m., a coworker passed the compartment where the welder was working and saw him laying on his side, unresponsive. The coworker called his foreman for help, and the in-house rescue team responded. CPR was administered to the welder. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced DOA. The cause of death was asphyxia.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, ventilation, cpr, suffocated, welder, inhalation, welding, argon, boat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311529291 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters

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