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Accident: 99238.015 - Employee Suffers Possible Heat-Related Illness And Later Die

Accident: 99238.015 -- Report ID: 0625500 -- Event Date: 09/21/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1265721.01509/25/2017Timberline Flooring
At approximately 11:50 a.m. on September 21, 2017, Employee #1 was performing ma nual activities that included the transport and movement of 25-pound PlaniPatch cement bags (floor prep), 5-gallon buckets of water, and small cleanup tasks on a worksite. He was working within the interior of a building, which was undergoi ng a new business build-out (new electrical, walls, floors, HVAC, etc.). Coworke rs from the electrical contractor and sheetrock/ceiling contractor saw him hauli ng 25-pound PlaniPatch bags, three bags at a time, via a dolly from the front ex terior of the building and traveling about 60 ft to the back interior portion of the building. Employee #1 has been performing this task multiple times during t he morning hours. Later on, Employee #1 was found on the ground near the front i nterior area of the building, face down and unconscious by the electrical contra ctors who were leaving for lunch. The electrical contractors picked him up and h e opened his eyes and seemed to be alert, but was in shock. The electrical contr actor noted that his shirt was wet with perspiration. Emergency responders were called for possible heat exposure and the electrical contractors reported that t hey brought fans and water him while he was alert because they thought his illne ss may have been due to the heat. Once the paramedics and fire department arrive d, Employee #1 lost consciousness again, began foaming at the mouth, and cardiop ulmonary resuscitation was performed by the paramedics. Employee #1 was transpor ted to a medical center, where he died at 12:23 p.m. The cause of death was poss ibly due to heat-related illness. Employee #1 had a history of heart attack, hav ing had one about three years ago. Autopsy findings for him indicated that he ha d a pre-existing health condition, specifically cardiovascular disease, as well as three-vessel coronary atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular atherosclerosis and ca rdiomegaly. Pre-existing health conditions can be exacerbated by performing heav y work under extreme heat conditions, leading to severe injury, illness, and dea th.
Keywords: cardiovasc disease, cardiovasc system, heart attack, heat, heat exhaustion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  Other   1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1265721.015 61 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Interior tile work (ceramic, vinyl, acoustic)

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