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Accident: 200677334 - Three Employees Are Asphyxiated From Argon In Cargo Hold

Accident: 200677334 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 05/20/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31214626905/20/20084412Florida Transportation Services Inc.
At approximately 2:15 a.m. on May 20, 2008, Employee #1, the supervisor, climbed down into the cargo hold of Bay 1 to verify a leak from a previously loaded argon tank. After approximately 15 minutes, the Port Captain observed that he was unconscious and requested that the cargo on top of the tank be removed in order to reach him. Employee #2 went into cargo hold to attempt a rescue of Employee #1, but gas immediately asphyxiated him. Employee #3 observed Employees #2 was suffocating and climbed down into the cargo hold to rescue him. The argon gas asphyxiated all employees.
Keywords: unconsciousness, asphyxiated, confined space, gas, containerized cargo, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores
2 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores
3 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores

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