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Accident: 688341 - Two Employees Die When Overcome In Manhole

Accident: 688341 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 08/16/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12194087808/16/19934953On Environmental Inc.
Employee #1, working in a landfill used for construction debris, entered a concrete manhole 5 feet in diameter by 30 feet deep. The manhole is used to hold water that drains from the landfill. The employee attempted to climb out but was overcome and fell back into the manhole. A coworker saw Employee #1 fall and went for help. Employee #2 was lowered into the manhole in an attempt to rescue Employee #1. When Employee #2 collapsed, he was pulled out and the employees waited for the fire department. Employees #1 and #2 died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, manhole, overexposure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 121940878 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 121940878 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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