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Accident: 200782498 - Employee Dies Of Natural Gas Inhalation Or An Apparent Heart

Accident: 200782498 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 07/31/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On July 31, 2002, Employee #1 was sent to the site of a new subdivision in San Francisco after a natural gas line was accidentally ruptured by a landscaping company that was digging post holes for a brick fence. While looking for the gas leak, Employee #1 lay on the ground with his upper torso hanging into a 3 ft wide post hole. He apparently became overcome and was later found, unconscious, in that position. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died. His death was attributed to either inhalation of natural gas or a heart attack.
Keywords: heart, unconsciousness, ppe, heart attack, work rules, construction, inhalation, natural gas, gas leak, chemical vapor
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305461824 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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