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Accident: 201330024 - Employee Dies Of Undetermined Cause

Accident: 201330024 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 08/19/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10694079408/23/19962053Heinz Bakery Products
On August 19, 1996, Employee #1, who worked for SPS Temporary Services, was doing contract work at Heinz Bakery Products when he collapsed near the flash freezers and died. Although it was originally believed that high levels of carbon dioxide may have contributed to his death, full-shift sampling on multiple days revealed carbon dioxide levels of between 1,375 and 3,225 ppm, well below the 10,000 ppm safety threshold. At the time this report was written, the Erie County Medical Examiner believed Employee #1's death was due to either heart failure or to a drug overdose. He had a history of cardiovascular disease and had worn a pacemaker for the last 11 years. Marijuana was also found on Employee #1's person, and the Medical Examiner suspected that other drugs may have contributed to his death.
Keywords: heart, heart attack, drug overdose, cardiovasc disease
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106940794 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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