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Accident: 201520368 - Workers Asphyxiated In A Manhole

Accident: 201520368 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 07/23/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30124103007/23/19981623Kowalsky Bros. Inc.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were assigned to "clean out" a manhole at a condominium complex. Sometime later another employee discovered the bodies of Employee #1 and Employee #2 when he went to check on them. The third employee attempted to retrieve Employee #1 and Employee #2 but the attempt was not successful. Medical services were summoned and arrived within minutes. Both Employee #1 and Employee #2 were killed.
Keywords: asphyxiated, toxic atmosphere, manhole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301241030 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 301241030 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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