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Accident: 62089.015 - Employee Overexposed To Crude Oil Fumes Is Killed

Accident: 62089.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 05/20/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
977916.01505/21/2014Environmental Remediation And Recovery, Inc.
At 2:00 p.m. on May 20, 2014, Employee #1 was in a tank railcar confined space c ontaining residual sweet crude oil without prior entry assessment and without we aring a harness with stand-by extraction equipment. While Employee #1 was shovel ing crude oil inside a permit-required confined space tank railcar. Employee #1 was wearing a Level C suit, full face supplied air respirator (SAR), MSA Type-C Ultraview, attached to shop air and filter pot with no carbon monoxide filtratio n. One of Employee #1' s co-workers was acting as the entry supervisor and remai ned outside of the tank. After Employee #1 had been working inside the tank for 40 minutes, he informed his co-worker that he wanted to exit at which point his co-worker lowered a ladder into the tank. Employee #1 collapsed against the ladd er. In-house employees attempted entry rescue three times before 911 was called, 65 minutes after the Employee #1 had collapsed. Fire and rescue service was abl e to extract the Employee #1 two hours after the employee collapse. An autopsy d etermined Employee #1's cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia which was caused by difluoroethane intoxication.
Keywords: access/egress, collapse, confined space, emergency response, fire brigade/department, hoist, ladder, railroad, toxic atmosphere
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 977916.015 27 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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