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Inspection: 105474928 - Fire Department, City Of Georgetown

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 105474928Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 03/30/1988

Fire Department, City Of Georgetown
1405 Prince St.
Georgetown, SC 29440
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9224/Fire Protection

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/19/1988
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:05/09/1988

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 674192Event: 03/21/1988Employee Asphyxiated In Confined Space Filled With Argon
ON MARCH 21, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 APPARENTLY ATTEMPTED TO ASCERTAIN THE CAUSE OF AN EXCESS ARGON USAGE THE PREVIOUS NIGHT. IN DOING SO HE ENTERED, ALONE, A LADLE TURRET WHICH OFTEN CONTAINS ARGON GAS. THE TURRET IS 15 FEET IN DIAMETER AND HAS 2 DOORS ON THE BOTTOM SECTION AND ONE DOOR IN THE UPPER LADLE HOLDER. THE CEILING IS 8 FEET HIGH. A CONTRACTOR ON SITE REMEMBERED SOMEONE WEARING A WHITE HARD HAT AND COVERALLS ENTERING THE BOTTOM TURRET BETWEEN 8:30 AND 9 AM. NO ONE NOTICED EMPLOYEE #1 THE REST OF THE DAY. AT ABOUT 12:30 AM EMPLOYEE #1'S WIFE CALLED THE PLANT BECAUSE HER HUSBAND HAD NOT COME HOME. EMPLOYEES NOTICED THAT EMPLOYEE #1'S TRUCK WAS STILL PARKED AT THE PLANT SO THEY BEGAN LOOKING FOR HIM. HE WAS FOUND, DEAD, IN THE LADLE TURRET AT ABOUT 1 AM. LOCAL FIRE FIGHTERS, EQUIPPED WITH SCBA'S, RETRIEVED EMPLOYEE #1'S BODY. (APPARENTLY THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER WHO WROTE THIS REPORT PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT THE CONTINUATION SHEET HAS BEEN LOST. W.G.)
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, respiratory, asphyxiated, ladle, work rules, argon, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105474928 Occupation Not Listed

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