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Accident: 201924917 - Employee Is Killed When Exposed To Sulfide

Accident: 201924917 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 07/23/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31196378907/23/20095169Martin Product Sales Llc
On July 23, 2009, Employee #1 was opening the dome lid of a railcar filled with solidified sulfur. The lid was opened to relieve pressure when adding steam to the railcar steam coils to liquefy the solidified sulfur. The dome lid has 6 bolts holding the dome lid shut. Employee #1 had removed three bolts and loosened two. He was alone when opening the railcar dome and was not wearing respiratory protection or a personal hydrogen sulfide monitor. It appeared as if he was attempting to stay upwind. Air monitoring of a coworker, while opening the same railcar, showed an exposure of 90 ppm, on a ten minute time weighted average. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ppe, railroad tank car, railroad car, inhalation, sulfur
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311963789 Fatality Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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