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Accident: 201505252 - Three Employees Injured Entering Fermentation Tank

Accident: 201505252 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 09/03/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30733481309/03/20042085Takara Sake Usa Inc.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on September 3, 2004, Employee #1, a subcontractor, entered a fermentation tank to remove a foreign substance. The tank contained a hazardous substance and Employee #1 collapsed. Employees #2 and #3, who worked for the host employer entered the space to rescue Employee #1, but were also overcome by the toxic atmosphere. All three employees were rescued by coworkers who ventilated the tank and entered to retrieve them. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were transported to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkley, CA where they were treated and discharged. The employees were issued citations for violation of T8CCR section 5157.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ventilation, collapse, confined space, work rules, toxic atmosphere, intoxicated, chemical vapor, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307334813 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators
2 307334813 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators
3 307334813 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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