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Accident: 607911 - 1 Employee Killed, 1 Injured From Carbon Dioxide Exposure

Accident: 607911 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 12/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
217345812/08/19877349Defender Industries, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10127611102/02/19882813Liquid Carbonic
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10127607912/08/19872011Eaves Packing Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
217345812/08/19877349Defender Industries, Inc.
SOMETIME BETWEEN 12:30 AND 1 AM ON DECEMBER 5, 1987 A PRESSURIZED LIQUID CARBON DIOXIDE LINE RUPTURED AT THE EAVES PACKING COMPANY. THE LINE RUNS FROM AN OUTSIDE STORAGE TANK TO A MEAT BLENDER INSIDE THE BUILDING. EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE PART OF A CONTRACT CLEAN-UP CREW THAT WAS CLEANING THE MEAT PROCESSING ROOM AND EQUIPMENT WITH PRESSURIZED WATER HOSES. THEY WERE LOCATED WITHIN 40 FEET OF THE AREA OF THE RUPTURE JUST BEFORE THE CARBON DIOXIDE BEGAN LEAKING. ACCORDING TO A WITNESS, EMPLOYEE #1 MAY HAVE BEEN ON A LADDER DIRECTLY UNDER THE PIPE THAT RUPTURED. THE ROOM BECAME VERY FOGGY AND COLD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RUPTURE. VISIBILITY WAS NEAR ZERO. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FOUND TANGLED UP IN A ROLLER CONVEYOR THAT HAD BEEN KNOCKED OVER, PROBABLY BY EMPLOYEE #1 JUMPING IT TO GET TO AN EXIT. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS FOUND COLLAPSED AGAINST A WALL NEAR THE FRONT ENTRANCE. EMPLOYEE #2 SUFFERED FROSTBITE ON HIS LEFT HAND AND WEEKS LATER LOST ALL HIS FINGERS ON THAT HAND. TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES IN THE ROOM AT THE TIME OF THE RUPTURE ESCAPED WITHOUT HARM.
Keywords: respiratory, pipe, inhalation, finger, rupture, pressure piping, carbon dioxide, frozen
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2173458 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 101276111 Occupation Not Listed
3 101276079 Occupation Not Listed
4 2173458 Hospitalized injury Freezing/Frost Bite Occupation not reported

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