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Accident: 200820298 - Employee Killed By Apparent Drug Overdose

Accident: 200820298 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 07/22/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11346052107/30/19993089Anfinsen Plastic Molding Incorporated
On July 22, 1999, Employee #1, a temporary employee, was working the second shift, filling hoppers with raw plastic beads. At approximately 10:00 p.m., the employer noticed the hoppers were getting low and he went looking for Employee #1. Unable to find him, the employer assumed that he had left the facility early, a practice not uncommon among temporary employees. On the next day, Friday, July 23, the second shift did not work because of extreme heat. On Monday, July 26, the employer opened the facility and detected a foul odor. He followed the smell to its source and found Employee #1's body in a little-used area of the building. The coroner conducted an autopsy and the preliminary cause of death was listed as heat exhaustion. Subsequently, a toxicology screen was completed on blood samples, and the results showed a high level of cocaine present. The final coroner's report showed the cause of death as an overdose of cocaine. This was not a work-related fatality.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, drug overdose
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113460521 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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