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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 139391.015 Event: 09/05/2021Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was working as a janitor and cleaner for a temporary staffing employ ment agency. He had started with the agency on July 6, 2021. He had been sent to work at a firm as a custodian. He was assigned to clean and sanitize office are as, the cafeteria, lockers, and handrails in the production area near the cafete ria. On August 19, 2021, he began to exhibit symptoms typical of COVID-19, such as coughing, headaches, congestion, and body aches. On August 23, 2021, he teste d positive for COVID-19. He was hospitalized on August 27, 2021, and he died at 2:00 p.m. on September 5, 2021. He had worked closely with a coworker who never came down with COVID-19. The employee's duties were performed for the most part when others were not present, such as between break times and when employees wer e not in their offices. There were 14 COVID-19 cases in the workplace around the time the employee became ill. All those cases were in the production area, wher e the employee did not work and which he did not frequent. The employee's wife a nd son tested positive for COVID-19 approximately one week after the employee te sted positive. The medical report gave the cause of death as hypoxic respiratory failure secondary to COVID-19.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1554105.015 Fatality Janitors and cleaners

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