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Accident: 90436.015 - One Employee Dies, One Hospitalized In Confined Space

Accident: 90436.015 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 11/04/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1190055.01511/04/2016Freeflow Services, Llc
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on November 4, 2016, Employee #1, wearing a full face respirator, opened the hatch of ETS tanker T442 to initiate cleaning. It contained residue from hazardous waste. Employee #2 witnessed Employee #1 bend over the hatch area on top of the trailer as he walked by. As Employee #2 continued along the trailer toward the front he heard a loud thump and knew Employee #1 had fallen into the tanker. Employee #2 heard Employee #1 call out for help. Employee #2 immediately climbed the ladder of the trailer and looked inside and saw Employee #1 lying unconscious at the bottom. Employee #2 called to a coworker for a full face respirator, put on the respirator, and asked the coworker to help him, and entered the trailer. The coworker climbed the ladder and saw Employee #2 lose grip on Employee #1 and begin to stagger. The coworker reached out to Employee #2 by entering the space with his head, arm and shoulder, only to lose a finger grip on Employee #2 as he went unconscious and fell to the bottom of the trailer. The coworker ran to the office building to alert staff and get emergency assistance. Employee #1 died from asphyxiation due to high chemical vapor concentration and suppressed oxygen. Employee #2 was hospitalized.
Keywords: access/egress, non-pel overexposure, asphyxiated, confined space, hazardous waste, chemical, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1190055.015 34 M Fatality Asphyxia Hazardous Materials Removal Worker
2 1190055.015 58 M Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

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