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Accident: 200673010 - Employee Drowns In Storm Sewer Pipe

Accident: 200673010 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 10/07/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30318583910/10/20001771Centerline Utilities,Inc.
Employee #1 inserted an inflatable plug into a storm sewer pipe located at a street drain so that the pipe could be pumped of water in order to perform concrete work at the other end of the pipe. He was half way in the drain and was pushing on the inflatable plug to check its fit. The plug burst and blew him down an intersecting pipe where he drowned.
Keywords: sewer, pipe plug, asphyxiated, rupture, pipeline, pipe, drown, concrete
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303185839 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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