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Accident: 201171113 - Three Employees Were Exposed To Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Accident: 201171113 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 04/25/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12574822804/26/20014953Allied Waste Industries, Inc. Dba Bfi
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on April 25, 2001, Employees #1, #2, #3 were exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas when they entered a confined space situation. All three employees worked at a municipal waste transfer station doing business as BFI Waste Services, which is owned by Allied Waste Industries, Incorporated. At first, Employee #1, a facility supervisor, was seriously injured when he entered a flooded underground vault-drain to check out why it wasn't draining. While in the vault, Employee #1 was overcome with hydrogen sulfide gas, when he moved a loose fitting sewer pipe that crossed the underground confined space. The sewer pipe measured 8 inches. Employees #2 and #3, who worked under the facility supervisor's direction, were also seriously exposed to hydrogen sulfide when they attempted to rescue their supervisor. All three employees went to a local hospital for treatment.
Keywords: leak, asphyxiated, confined space, hydrogen sulfide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125748228 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Painters, construction and maintenance
2 125748228 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Painters, construction and maintenance
3 125748228 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Painters, construction and maintenance

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