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Accident: 83792.015 - Employee Is Asphyxiated By Faulty Ventilation Unit

Accident: 83792.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 03/20/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1133906.01503/20/2016Timkensteel Corporation
At 3:30 p.m. on March 20, 2016, Employee #1 was tasked to perform monthly fire e xtinguisher checks in the Melt Shop at the Steel Plant. The employee had signed off on two fire extinguishers and then went unheard from for the next 3 hours. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the fire extinguisher inspection wit hin the plant and two coworkers went in search of Employee #1 when he had not re turned within that time limit. They discovered Employee #1 lying on the floor i n a room. One of the coworkers, Employee #2, felt faint, and told his coworker that he was going down. The final coworker, Employee #3, felt faint as well an d used a Honeywell Lumidor Multi-Gas Meter within the room where its pre-alarm a ctivated. Employee #3 donned a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), enter ed the room, and the oxygen levels ranged between four to five percent. Nitrog en had been pumped into the room due to a faulty ventilation unit. Employee #1 was pronounced as deceased at 6:15 p.m. by the onsite coroner and transported to the coroner's office where an autopsy was performed. Cause of death was record ed as deceased due to asphyxiation.
Keywords: asphyxiated, nitrogen, oxygen, oxygen deficiency, vapor, ventilation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1133906.015 32 M Fatality Law Enforcement: (Not Police)

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