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Accident: 723866 - Employees Killed When Exposed To Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 723866 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 11/10/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10345127411/10/19923312Acme Steel Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10345204112/21/19923399Heckett, Division Of Harsco Corporation
On November 10, 1992, Employees #1 and #2 were exposed to blast furnace gas that contained 22 percent carbon monoxide when there was a malfunction of equipment that opens and closes valves from which gas flows into a stove at a steel mill. Employee #1, a stove tender who was at the #4 stove when the valve failed to close, was asphyxiated and killed. His blood was found to have a carboxyhemoglobin level of 65.9 percent. Employee #2, employed by an outside contractor, was operating a bulldozer at a slag pit and was approximately 50 yards from the stove. Although he was exposed to lower levels of carbon monoxide, he developed an acute myocardial infarction and died.
Keywords: asphyxiated, work rules, valve, carboxyhemoglobin, overexposure, carbon monoxide, cardiovasc system, blast furnace, gas, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103451274 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 103452041 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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