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Accident: 606756 - Employee Overcome By Oxygen Deficiency In Manhole

Accident: 606756 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 09/14/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10283503009/14/19881623Gainesville Pipeline Contractors, Inc.
Employee #2 went into a 15 ft deep 4 ft diameter sewer manhole to grout around the joints. The manhole was new and had not been connected to an active sewer line. Employee #2 worked near the top of the manhole, then came out because it was too hot. Employee #1 went to the bottom of the manhole to clean it out and was almost immediately in distress. Employees #3 and #2 went into the manhole to rescue him. They tied a rope around Employee #1, pulled him out, and somehow were able to climb out themselves. Employee #1 spent the night in the hospital. Employees #2 and #3 were treated and released from the hospital. The manhole had been installed about 3 months earlier and was just opened a few minutes before work began. About 18 hours after the accident, the oxygen level in the manhole was .7 percent.
Keywords: oxygen, construction, manhole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102835030 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 102835030 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 102835030 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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