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Accident: 200823268 - Two Employees Are Asphyxiated In Confined Space Atmosphere

Accident: 200823268 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 03/09/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30976496704/05/20067699Surface Maintenance Services, Inc.
On March 9, 2006, Employees #1 and #2 were cleaning the inside of a tank that was almost 8 ft deep. The paint stripper being used contained methylene chloride, methanol, and xylene. The vapors were heavier than air and displaced the oxygen at the bottom of the tank. The first employee to enter the tank lost consciousness. The other employee entered the tank to perform a rescue, but he too, lost consciousness. Both employees were rescued and were hospitalized for asphyxia.
Keywords: methyl alcohol, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, confined space, methylene chloride, xylene, cleaning, paint solvent, painter, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309764967 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
2 309764967 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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