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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 657718 - Employee Dies Of Lung Rupture After Inhaling Helium

Accident: 657718 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 06/06/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
Employee #1, a worker at McDonald's, was helping a coworker fill balloons with helium when he decided to inhale the helium directly from the compressed gas cylinder. The compressed helium expanded in his lungs, causing them to burst and killing him.
Keywords: lung, work rules, compressed gas, inhalation, rupture, horseplay
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109621912 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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