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Accident: 201953171 - Employee Asphyxiated By Leaking Nitrogen Gas

Accident: 201953171 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 06/26/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12198413206/27/19992813Boc Gases
Employee #1 was working in the small Urich building where nitrogen and other substances are used to fill compressed cylinders by a pressurized hosing systems connected to outside bulk storage tanks. Apparently when Employee #1 came to work and was alone, he found that the nitrogen hose had not been shut off the night before and had leaked out a large quantity of nitrogen. Employee #1 attempted to shut off this valve to the hose and was asphyxiated due to the displacement of oxygen in this room by the nitrogen leak. The shut-off valve for this bulk tank was also found partially open.
Keywords: leak, oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, compressed gas, nitrogen, shut-off valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 121984132 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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