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Accident: 97985.015 - Employee Suffers Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 97985.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 08/02/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1252009.01508/03/2017Sea Crest Services, Inc.
Between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on August 2, 2017, Employee #1 and four coworkers wer e cutting a large area of grass in a housing complex. The employee was assigned to cut the area near the pool with a push mower. He was wearing a long sleeve sh irt with pants, a vest, gloves and safety glasses. The employee was sweating pro fusely in the 90 degree heat and asked the foreman for water, but none was provi ded. Employee #1 found a homeowner's garden hose, which he used to drink water a nd cool his head. After a 30 minute lunch break in the shade, the employee cont inued to cut grass with the push mower for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, befor e he stopped due to feeling weak, shaky and dizzy. He told the foreman that he did not feel well and to call 911, but the foreman told Employee #1 that he just needed water, and walked away. A resident of the complex saw Employee #1 sittin g on the curb, not feeling well and called 911. At approximately 12:30 p.m., fi rst responders transported the employee to a nearby hospital. The employee was treated for heat exhaustion and released the same day. This was Employee #1s f irst day on the job with this employer.
Keywords: dizziness, heat, heat exhaustion, high temperature, lawn mower, ppe, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1252009.015 32 M Non Hospitalized injury Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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