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Accident: 316818327 - Employee Suffers Respiratory Failure While Welding

Accident: 316818327 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 07/26/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31681832708/07/20131791B A Retro Inc.
On July 26, 2013, Employee #1, an iron worker, was welding and cutting steel in ceiling crawl spaces to retrofit support columns for earthquake re-enforcement on a three-story glass and steel building. The employee became ill and suffered respiratory failure that was associated with inhalation of cutting and welding fumes. Employee was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for respiratory failure and remained hospitalized.
Keywords: respiratory, steel, inhalation, welding, iron, toxic fumes
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 3 40
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316818327 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Open Web Steel Joists-Welding/Bu
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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