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Accident: 202075602 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia When Poisoned By Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 202075602 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 12/04/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30714756112/04/20033648Ge Lighting Systems, Inc.
At 8:00 a.m. on December 4, 2003, Employee #1 of GE Lighting Systems, Incorporated, was working in an annealing area, where steel parts for ballast were being cooked in an annealing furnace. The gas for the furnace was created by the DX generator that used propane. That led to an oxygen deficient environment. The propane was converted into carbon monoxide, hydrogen gas, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor. Employee #1 was over-exposed to carbon monoxide at a level of 969 parts per million as an eight-hour Time-Weighted Average. He died of asphyxia.
Keywords: furnace, oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, steel, inhalation, gas, propane, poisoning, overexposure, carbon monoxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307147561 Fatality Asphyxia Machine operators, not specified

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