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Accident: 83485.015 - One Employee Killed One Injured Due To Argon Gas

Accident: 83485.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/02/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1129690.01503/02/2016Cb & I
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 2, 2016, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were re moving bolts from a pump preparing it for removal. They donned airline respirato rs which were attached to a cylinder cascade system via a spider manifold and re gulator 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 d own due to asphyxiation. Employee #1 died and Employee #2 was hospitalized with traumatic brain injury.
Keywords: air contamination, air line respirator, argon, asphyxiated, cylinder, oxygen deficiency, respirator, respiratory
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1129690.015 24 M Hospitalized injury Millwrights
2 1129690.015 43 M Fatality Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

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