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Accident: 200830107 - Employee Killed By Overexposure To Carbon Dioxide In Cooler

Accident: 200830107 -- Report ID: 0215600 -- Event Date: 02/03/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30059971902/05/19998062Bronx Va Medical Center
Employee #1, a research physician, was in the 8 ft wide by 14 ft long by 8 ft high cold room #1F-29B of the research building, packing specimens into a picnic cooler for transport to Washington, D.C., where his lab was being relocated. The door was locked from the inside and approximately 12 blocks of dry ice were in the cold room. At approximately 4:00 p.m., a coworker saw Employee #1 lying, face down, on the floor and forced open the door. He removed Employee #1, who had turned blue. The coworker administered CPR, but without success. Employee #1 died as a result of overexposure to carbon dioxide.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, vapor, cpr, inhalation, gas, carbon dioxide, chemical vapor, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300599719 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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