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Accident: 201780202 - Employee Asphxiated By Hydrogen Sulfide From Ship Tank

Accident: 201780202 -- Report ID: 0935000 -- Event Date: 02/27/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10633854402/28/20003731Action Cleaning Corporation
Employee #1 was removing a sewage tank cover on the USS Peleliu at Pier 13 at the US Naval facility in San Diego, CA, when he was apparently overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas. He was killed by the gas. Employees were not required to wear respiratory protection while removing the sewage tank covers. There were no appropriate rescue procedures, no properly trained rescuers, and no easily available rescue equipment, such as harnesses, retrieval lines, and working supplied air respirators. All of these defirciencies contributed to Employee #1's death.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ppe, hydrogen sulfide, inhalation, sewage, tank, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106338544 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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