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Accident: 87736.015 - Employee Is Killed By Inhalation Of Fumes From Acetylene Tor

Accident: 87736.015 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 02/12/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1163720.01507/21/2016Luke'S Tire & Auto Repair, Inc.
At 12:30 a.m. on February 12, 2016, an employee was found dead at his father-in-law's home, in the evening after work. Earlier that day, the employee was replacing a ball joint on a truck. An acetylene torch was used to warm up the existing joint, and smoke was generated from the heating of grease, lubricant, rubber, etc., on the ball joint. The employee breathed in the smoke/fumes. Per the autopsy report, the cause of death was: "Cardiac dysrhythmia resulting in tracheobronchial and pulmonary parenchymal hemorrhage and edema due to inhalation of noxious fumes".
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, acetylene torch, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1163720.015 24 M Fatality Other Automobile mechanics

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