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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 837906 - Seven Employees Overcome By Carbon Monoxide

Accident: 837906 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 08/06/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30463953708/06/20011711Gil Ruehl Mechanical, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30463964408/06/20011542Fisher Development Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30463953708/06/20011711Gil Ruehl Mechanical, Inc.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on August 6, 2001, employees began to operate a 65-horsepower concrete cutting saw inside a room located on the lower level of a shopping mall being renovated in preparation for a new store to move in. The saw contained both gasoline and propane as available fuels. The operator stated that he was running the concrete saw in the propane mode. Engineering controls were not in use and air was not being moved into or out of the room being renovated. Catalytic converters and carbon monoxide monitor-alarms were not attached to this saw. Monitoring of airborne levels of carbon monoxide was not performed. Approximately 37 employees were taken to a hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The narrative does not mention the extent of the injuries of thirty of these employees. Seven construction workers were transported to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for further treatment. These seven employees were hospitalized and released the next day.
Keywords: asphyxiated, air monitoring, alarm, air contamination, propane, gasoline, carbon monoxide
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
3 304639644 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
4 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Sheetmetal duct installers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
5 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Sheetmetal duct installers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
6 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
7 304639537 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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