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Accident: 26935.015 - Employee Dies From Acute Solvent Toxicity During Work Assign

Accident: 26935.015 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 08/28/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
601618.01508/28/2012Coatings Unlimited Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
629298.01509/11/2012Kci Construction Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
601618.01508/28/2012Coatings Unlimited Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
629298.01509/11/2012Kci Construction Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
601618.01508/28/2012Coatings Unlimited Inc.
At 11:45 a.m. on August 28, 2012, an employee was finishing a painting assignment to coat pipes in six confined spaces at a lift station site. The employee was cleaning the pipes using a Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) solvent prior to applying a two-part epoxy paint that contained Xylene, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK), and Ethyl Benzene. The employee's supervisor saw him entering the site and later found the employee unresponsive at the bottom of the manhole where he was working. The supervisor called 911 and emergency responders pronounced the employee dead at the scene. Toxicology tests were performed on the employee which revealed high concentrations of the MEK solvent throughout his body. The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death as acute Methyl Ethyl Ketone toxicity.
Keywords: paint, paint solvent, xylene, confined space, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition   0 19 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 601618.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 629298.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
3 629298.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
4 601618.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
5 601618.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
6 629298.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
7 629298.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
8 601618.015 53 M Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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