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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 124626086 - Utah State University

Inspection Information - Office: Utah

Nr: 124626086Report ID: 0854910Open Date: 03/03/1994

Utah State University
Taggart Student Center
Logan, UT 84321
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8221/Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/03/1994
Close Case:03/03/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170563084Event: 02/24/1994Employee Dies Of Aspiration Of Vomitus
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 24, 1994, Employee #1, a photo editor for a university newspaper at Utah State University, arrived at work to prepare the newspaper for publication. Shortly after he arrived, he spent about 30 minutes in the darkroom developing photographs for the paper. He then proceeded to a computer workstation to optically scan the photographs. At approximately 7:00 p.m., pizza was delivered to the newspaper office. Employee #1 ate two pieces of pizza while working at the computer workstation. Within 30 minutes, he began to experience breathing difficulties associated with an asthmatic episode. Employee #1 telephoned his wife and asked her to bring his asthma medication to the office. He then left the office and went into the hallway. His wife arrived at the office at approximately 7:30 p.m. and found him in the hallway. By this time, he was experiencing extreme breathing difficulty, and stated that he wanted to go to the hospital. Between 7:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., on the way to the car, Employee #1 collapsed, vomited, then aspirated vomitus. Medical evidence indicates that Employee #1 probably died en route to the hospital, where unsuccessful attempts were made to revive him. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at 9:00 p.m.
Keywords: respiratory, inhalation, nausea, vomit
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 124626086 Fatality Asphyxia Editors and reporters

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