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Accident: 201522570 - Employee Becomes Ill During Underwater Training

Accident: 201522570 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 10/21/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12315639010/27/20051629Underwater Construction Corporation
On October 21, 2005, five divers including Employee #1 were attending qualification training. The training tank was equipped with two work stations, therefore, the employees rotated through the work stations periodically with each diver entering the tank, performing the necessary welding work, and then exiting to allow another welder to perform his work. Each dive for each employee was limited to 210 minutes. Employee #1 performed one dive for a total duration of 182 minutes, then surfaced and exited the training tank. After approximately 20 minutes, Employee #1 felt dizzy, nauseated, and began vomiting. The safety coordinator called 911 because the symptoms were consistent with decompression sickness. The employee was transported to Essex Medical Clinic and then subsequently flown by LifeStar to Norwalk Hospital and remained in the hyperbaric chamber for five hours. Follow-up medical evaluation ruled out decompression sickness.
Keywords: welder, nausea, dizziness, tank, diver, vomit, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123156390 Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Other

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