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Accident: 202074506 - Employees Enter A Confined Space And Are Overcome

Accident: 202074506 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 10/05/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30313916610/05/19991794J.O. Flowe Grading Co., Inc.
Employee #1 entered a new manhole approximately 21 ft in depth and was overcome, lost consciousness, and was unresponsive. Employee #2 entered the manhole in an attempt to rescue Employee #1 and was also overcome and lost consciousness. Two additional co-workers attempting to rescue Employee's #1 and #2 but became dizzy, disoriented and experienced shortness of breath. These employees were able to exit the manhole. The manhole had been installed approximately two weeks earlier and was placed over an existing and active sewer line which had not yet been tapped. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene and Employee #2 was hospitalized.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, ppe, manhole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303139166 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 303139166 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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