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Accident: 754481 - Employee Dies Of Heat Stroke

Accident: 754481 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/14/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11201082208/19/19921622Daley Corp
Employee #1, a newly hired laborer for Daley Corporation, was cutting trees, lifting, and chipping tree parts at a construction site. He had been on the job for 1 1/2 days. Both the temperature and humidity were abnormally high and had been for the previous six days. Employee #1 fainted, suffering from a heat-related disorder. Approximately 30 minutes passed before trained first aid personnel arrived. Employee #1 died. A strict work rest regimen had not been specified or adhered to, the coworker who responded to the emergency had not been trained in first aid, and a trained supervisor was not present. The delay in calling for an ambulance can be attributed to the poor judgment of the inadequately trained coworker giving first aid, the distance of a supervisor, and the lack of clear communication about job site responsibilities.
Keywords: heat, tree felling, work rules, construction, heat stroke, inexperience, fainted, untrained, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112010822 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Construction trades, n.e.c.

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