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Accident: 201102852 - Two Employees Exposed To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Accident: 201102852 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 05/03/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30081548705/06/20021771Brent & Katherine Forsythe Dba Epic Contracting
On May 3, 2002, two employees were assigned to remove and re-install the top layer of epoxy coating to the concrete floor in one of the chiller rooms inside a food processing plant. Employee #1 was operating a diesel-powered concrete cutter called a scarifier to remove the top coating on the concrete floor. Employee #2 was sweeping up the dust and concrete debris being generated by the scarifier. Both employees began experiencing dizziness, headaches, nausea, and severe disorientation. Employee #1 collapsed and started having seizures. Employee #2 left the area to call for medical assistance. Both employees were transported to the hospital, where they were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and later released.
Keywords: collapse, headache, nausea, dizziness, poisoning, carbon monoxide
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300815487 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Cutting concrete pavement
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 300815487 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Cutting concrete pavement
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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