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Accident: 202004891 - Employee Dies From Asphyxiation Due To Nitrogen

Accident: 202004891 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 01/19/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31071435701/22/20078221Swarthmore College
Between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on January 19, 2007, Employee #1 inserted his upper torso into a cardboard box. He was probably adjusting the placement of plastic tubing of which one end was attached to a wall mounted needle valve that was dispensing nitrogen. The other end was inserted into the box through a cut out opening. He was alone in a room with a self locking door. At approximately 8:30 p.m. a security officer found him in a non-responsive condition. Employee #1 died of asphyxiation due to the displacement of oxygen by nitrogen.
Keywords: oxygen, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, vapor, confined space, gas, nitrogen
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310714357 Fatality Asphyxia Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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