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Accident: 594952 - Employee Dies When Asphyxiated In Confined Space

Accident: 594952 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 10/27/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10925822811/01/19947349Allwaste Environmental
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10925823611/01/19942822Zeon Chemicals Incorporated
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on October 27, 1994, Employee #1 had fallen inside an oxygen deficient distillation column while trying to retrieve a hydroblaster. He fell about 67 in., hit his head on the baffle plate, and became trapped by the inwardly converging walls. He was heard yelling for help. The Zeon supervisor was in the vicinity and started confined space rescue operations immediately. A Zeon employee rescued Employee #1 in 8 minutes. Zeon EMTs started CPR immediately, and the ambulance transported Employee #1 to Forest General Hospital, where he died on October 29, 1994.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, cpr, work rules, column, confined space, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109258228 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 109258236 Occupation Not Listed

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