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Accident: 200821882 - Employee Suffers Asphyxiation While Delivering Propane

Accident: 200821882 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 01/27/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30515830501/28/20035172Pearl City Elevator, Inc.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2003, Employee #1 was making a propane delivery to a residence when he was caught in the rotating power take-off (PTO) shaft underneath the propane truck. Employee #1 was working independently; therefore, there are no witnesses. Evidence at the scene indicates that the employee was underneath the truck trying to place papers in a bucket underneath an oil leak in the rear main seal of the truck. The company had previously received a complaint from a customer that the truck was leaking oil on their driveway during deliveries. While Employee #1 was underneath the truck his clothes got wrapped up in the rotating PTO shaft. The PTO powers the pump used to dispense the propane. Apparently, the employee went underneath the truck with the PTO engaged and running and was caught in the rotating shaft. PPE: None Safety Program: Company had a written safety program that complied with NFPA 58 and NFPA 59 for LP Gas Delivery operations. All drivers had been certified by the Illinois Propane Gas Association. Company also had a maintenance program where drivers inspected trucks daily and submitted reports to management. A contributing factor was having to repair an existing oil leak on a truck that caused Employee #1 to place materials under truck during deliveries. Oil leak in rear seal of the truck was 19-in. away from PTO shaft Name of Site: 2585 Lake Carroll Blvd Jobsite Equipment: Ford LP Gas Delivery Truck #35 Operation
Keywords: delivery work, leak, rotating parts, lubricating fluid, automobile, propane, run over, power take-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305158305 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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