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Accident: 201562303 - Employee Dies From Lack Of Oxygen In Confined Space

Accident: 201562303 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 07/21/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31241063207/22/20099131Riverton City
On July 21, 2009, Employee #1 was conducting a meter check in a manhole for the Riverton City Water District. He did not have an oxygen or explosive gas meter. It would be presumed that he did not check the atmosphere prior to entry. Employee #1 was found dead inside the manhole at the bottom of a 7-ft ladder. The preliminary cause of death was hypoxia. First responders recorded oxygen levels of 18.5 percent, two to three hours after Employee #1 had entered.
Keywords: oxygen, oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, ladder, test equipment, manhole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312410632 Fatality Asphyxia Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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