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Accident: 201956000 - Employee Is Asphyxiated And Killed By Natural Gas

Accident: 201956000 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 04/05/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31434298104/06/20101623Rla Investments Inc.
On April 5, 2010, an employee and a coworker of a utility contractor were involved with the replacement of natural gas line risers at single family homes. A 3-ft deep hole was hand dug, approximately 18-in. in diameter, to access the main 1-in. gas line. A footage squeeze tool was clamped onto the 1-in. main gas line and the old riser assembly was removed. During the process of installing the new riser, the clamp was removed causing the flow of natural gas to enter the excavated hole. The employee was found by the coworker face down in the hole overcome by the gas. The employee was killed.
Keywords: lung, asphyxiated, inhalation, natural gas, trench, gas
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314342981 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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