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Accident: 570796 - Asphyxiated In An Oxygen Deficient Atmosphere In Manhole

Accident: 570796 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 08/27/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
127819108/28/19841623Super Excavators Inc
AN EMPLOYEE ENTERED A 30 FOOT DEEP SEWER MANHOLE TO CHECK ON THE WATER LEVEL. AFTER FEELING FAINT, HE TRIED TO CLIMB OUT, BUT FELL UNCONSCIOUS INTO ABOUT FORTY INCHES OF WATER AT THE BOTTOM. A RESCUE ATTEMPT BY OTHER EMPLOYEES IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA FAILED WHEN THE RESCUER WAS PULLED BY ROPE FROM THE MANHOLE AFTER FALLING UNCONSCIOUS ALSO. THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE MANHOLE WAS FOUND TO BE OXYGEN DEFICIENT. THE SEWER LINE WAS NOT IN SERVICE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT. GROUND WATER WAS LEAKING INTO THE SEWER LINE.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, sewer, asphyxiated, ventilation, confined space, ppe, construction, manhole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1278191 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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