Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200600187 - Employee Killed By Motor Exhaust

Accident: 200600187 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 12/24/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30043444612/30/19975148Sunfresh Produce, Inc.
On the morning of the accident, Employee #1 began running a gasoline-powered washer to clean cool room #3. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the vice-president of the company passed by, heard the motor running, and noticed that the cool room door was only open approximately 12 in. and that the plastic curtain was closed. He went inside and found Employee #1 passed out on the floor. He had apparently been on a 5 ft portable ladder, washing the evaporator unit, when he was overcome by the exhaust fumes. Emergency Services was called and he was administered artificial resuscitation, but without success. EMT personnel were not able to revive him either. The power washer had a 65 ft hose and it would have been a simple matter for Employee #1 to leave the washer outside the cool room and to enter with only the cleaning wand.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ventilation, work rules, cleaning, inhalation, gas, exhaust fumes, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300434446 Fatality Asphyxia Industrial machinery repairers

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.