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Accident: 43624.015 - Employee Is Killed When Exposed To Painting Vapors

Accident: 43624.015 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 04/21/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
901663.01504/21/2013Watson Commercial Painting, Ltd.
At 8:08 a.m. on April 21, 2013, an employee who was a painter, was left working alone. He was later found dead, lying face-down on the floor. Prior to the disc overy, the employee was using an airless sprayer to apply wood finishes to cabin etry, interior doors and moulding. The wood finish products included but were n ot limited to stain, lacquer thinner, lacquer finish and lacquer sealer, each of which contained volatile organic compounds (VOC's). The windows and doors to t he room in which the employee was working were closed and sealed in sheets of pl astic. The ductwork in the room for the building's general ventilation system w as sealed with painter's plastic. No other means of mechanical ventilation was provided. The employee was issued a negative pressure, air-purifying half-mask r espirator equipped with organic vapor cartridges; however, when his body was fou nd, he was not wearing it. The employee died as a result of the inhalation of solvent (lacquer retarder) fumes.
Keywords: asphyxiated, paint, paint solvent, painter, toxic atmosphere
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   2 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 901663.015 28 M Fatality Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating

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