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Accident: 63829.015 - Two Employees Suffer Asphyxiation During Rail Tank Car Inspe

Accident: 63829.015 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 06/24/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
982626.01506/24/2014Agridyne, L.L.C.
At 12:30 p.m. on June 24, 2014, Employee #1 was performing internal non-destructive thickness measurements inside of the rail tank cars after cleaning. Employee #1 entered the third rail tank car by climbing down a ladder. When reaching the bottom, Employee #1 realized that something was wrong and tried climbing back up the ladder. Employee #1 reached the top of the car and reached out to a coworker for assistance who was unable to get a firm grip on the employee. Employee #1 fell from the ladder back into the tank car and became unresponsive. Employee #2 entered the car to rescue Employee #1 and was also overcome due to the hazardous atmospheric conditions inside the tank car. The fire department retrieved both employees and transported Employee #1 to the hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately 1 hour later. Employee #2 was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, asphyxiated, fall, ladder, confined space, railroad tank car
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 982626.015 29 M Fatality Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
2 982626.015 37 M Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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