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Accident: 201760840 - One Employee Killed, Two Injured By Carbon Dioxide Release

Accident: 201760840 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 04/23/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30133894304/23/19995169Carbonics, Inc.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on April 23, 1999, Employee #1 entered a facility to begin work. She walked through the office to the kitchen area and passed out on the floor. Employee #1 was overcome by carbon dioxide which had been leaking in the shop overnight from the 14-ton carbon dioxide pressure vessel used for filling cylinders. Employee #2 and Employee #3 entered the facility approximately 40 minutes later in an attempt to rescue her and succumbed to the carbon dioxide as well. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were taken to the hospital. Employee #1 never regained consciousness and died on April 26, 1999. Employee #2 and Employee #3 were treated and released.
Keywords: leak, asphyxiated, office area, pressure vessel, carbon dioxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301338943 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 301338943 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 301338943 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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