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Inspection: 1848761 - J & J Sheet Metal Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Inactive-Norfolk

Nr: 1848761Report ID: 0316110Open Date: 09/11/1984

J & J Sheet Metal Co Inc
Continental Grain Co 8801 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23505
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1711/Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning
Mailing: 732 Kepper Dr, Newport News, VA 23602

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/01/1984
Close Case:10/01/1984

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14508527Event: 09/11/1984Employee Asphyxiated In Corn Barge
Some employees were unloading a 195-ft by 135-ft grain barge at a Norfolk, VA grain elevator. This barge had been loaded with 20 to 21 percent moist yellow field corn on September 1, 1984, at an Elizabeth City, NC grain elevator. It traveled via tug to Norfolk on September 4, 1984. On September 11, 1984, at approximately 3:30 am, an employee entered the aft starboard personnel hatch on the barge to retrieve a rope. Only the center hatch cover (1 of 12 covers) was removed. The employee entered the barge without using a ladder or flashlight. He had conducted no atmospheric tests before entry. Within 1 to 2 minutes after entry, the employee called for help. He lost consciousness, landed face down in the corn, and was asphyxiated. Four other employees entered the barge without respiratory protection and were transported to, and treated at, a local hospital. Subsequent atmospheric tests taken 7 to 8 hours later, after the barge had been open for 3 to 4 hours, did not reveal an oxygen deficient atmosphere or any toxic substances.
Keywords: asphyxiated, compartment, barge, confined space, grain, hatch, corn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1848761 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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