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Accident: 201320439 - One Employee Is Killed, One Is Injured In Confined Space

Accident: 201320439 -- Report ID: 0317900 -- Event Date: 09/10/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30501377309/10/20021799Dale Waterproofing Systems, Inc.
On September 10, 2002, Employee #1 was spraying a solvent-based waterproofing material containing toluene, heptane, and naphtha on the interior walls of an approximately 30-inch wide by 5-foot long by 9-foot tall confined space under the stoop of a porch on the foundation of a house. When the employer arrived at the site, he discovered Employee #1 standing in the bottom of the hole in a stupor and unresponsive. The employer went to call emergency services and Employee #2 entered the space to try and rescue his coworker, but he was also overcome. Employee #1 died of toxic chemical asphyxia, leading to respiratory arrest. Employee #2 was rescued and hospitalized. Neither worker had been trained in confined space practices nor had appropriate air-supplied respiratory protection been provided.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, toxic atmosphere, construction, inhalation, naphtha, toluene, scba, heptane, toxic fumes
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Other $500,000 to $1,000,000 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305013773 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Waterproofing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 305013773 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Waterproofing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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