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Accident: 200643641 - Employee Dies Of Heat-Related Illness

Accident: 200643641 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 06/20/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30978742207/10/20061761Raintech, Inc.
On June 20, 2006, Employee #1 was installing a large copper gutter with a crew that began working around 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The heat index rose to 94 degrees Fahrenheit by 2:53 p.m. During this time, Employee #1 was reportedly drinking water steadily. At approximately 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., he began to complain of being hot, and then vomited. Around 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., all crew members were on ladders, in the sun, on a concrete driveway. At that time, Employee #1's demeanor and voice changed. At approximately 3:00 p.m., while descending a ladder, Employee #1 apparently missed a step, stumbled off the ladder, and fell onto the garage door. Emergency responders transported him to a hospital. Upon arrival, he was in cardiopulmonary arrest and his core temperature was 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Employee #1 died at 9:15 p.m. that night. The Medical Examiner listed the probable cause of death as heat exhaustion/stroke due to heat exposure.
Keywords: heat, unconsciousness, cpr, ladder, heat stroke, cardiac arrest, fall, heat exhaustion, overheated
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309787422 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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