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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 3405.015 - Employee Collapses In Small Manhole And Later Dies

Accident: 3405.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 07/25/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
96796.01507/28/2011Pool Hoppers
At 4:00 p.m. on July 25, 2011, a 22 year old Hispanic employee was working inside of a small manhole adjacent to a residential swimming pool. The small manhole contained 2 submersible pumps that pumped water to 2 separate water falls. The employee was in the process of removing one of the submersible pumps when he suddenly slumped forward. He was eventually pulled from the small manhole by a second employee and the homeowner. Early indications were that he may have been electrocuted but that was disproven. He was taken to a hospital where he died 3 days later. The employee was in the process of removing a 240 Volt submersible pump from a small manhole when it appeared that he suffered a seizure. The coroner listed the cause of death as Anoxic Encephalopathy and seizures.
Keywords: confined space, collapse
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 96796.015 22 M Fatality Other Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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