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Accident: 83484.015 - One Employee Killed One Injured Due To Argon Gas

Accident: 83484.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/02/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1129686.01503/02/2016Placid Refining Co. Llc
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 2, 2016, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were removing bolts from a pump preparing it for removal. They donned airline respirators which were attached to a cylinder cascade system via a spider manifold and regulator to conduct the next task. The cylinder cascade system to which the masks were attached was argon and not grade D breathing air and both employees went down due to asphyxiation. Employee #1 died and Employee #2 was hospitalized with traumatic brain injury.
Keywords: respirator, asphyxiated, air line, argon, inhalation, brain, air line respirator, air contamination, respiratory
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1129686.015 21 M Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Millwrights
2 1129686.015 43 M Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters

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