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Accident: 200780344 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia From Inhalation Of Argon Gas

Accident: 200780344 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 01/18/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11630845301/18/19971711Processing Piping
Employee #1 was working at the bottom of a 10 ft deep pit when he passed out. A coworker who went down to rescue him started to feel sick, so he emerged from the pit and called for help. He then reentered the pit with a second coworker, who passed out before Employee #1 could be rescued. The first coworker was again able to escape. Emergency Services arrived and extricated Employee #1 and the second coworker from the pit. Employee #1 died of asphyxia from inhalation of argon gas.
Keywords: unconsciousness, asphyxiated, work rules, construction, inhalation, pit, chemical vapor, overexposure, argon, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 10 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 116308453 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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