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Accident: 201770757 - Employee Died When Overcome By Organic Vapors

Accident: 201770757 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 06/10/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30271041306/11/19997699Coastline Corporation
An employee was painting the interior of a 15,000-gallon water storage tank with epoxy primer paint. An airless spray was being used for this task. An organic vapor air purifying respirator was in use and three small exhaust fans were drawing from the 12-in. pipe openings in the tank. The employee was found dead at the bottom of the section of the tank that used for initial filling and settling. There was no confined space program or procedure in place at the time of the incident and the employee was working alone without the knowledge of the supervisor(s). The medical examiners report stated that death was caused by an overexposure to organic vapors consistent with those found in the paint formulation (MiBK, Toluene, Xylene). The Atlantic City Fire Department Confined Space Rescue Team had measured approximately 3 of the LEL for these vapors at the time they removed the deceased from the tank. (Please refer to Accident 201770823.)
Keywords: exhaust system, vapor, confined space, xylene, inhalation, toluene, overexposure, water tank, respirator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Other Under $50,000 1 14 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302710413 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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