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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302569702 - United Airlines Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 302569702Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 08/16/1999

United Airlines Inc.
Bush Intercontinental Airport,2800 N Terminal Rd
Houston, TX 77205
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4512/Air Transportation, Scheduled
Mailing: P.O. Box 60909, Houston, TX 77205

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/21/1999
Close Case:11/03/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360921654    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 11/02/1999 12/06/1999 $4,500 $4,500 $0 11/23/1999 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201760873Event: 08/15/1999Employee Dies From Heat Stroke While Loading Baggage
On August 15, 1999, Employee #1 was loading baggage from within the storage area (the belly) of the airplane when he had an apparent heat stroke. The temperature within the baggage area of the airplane and strenuous work likely contributed to his heat illness, which elevated his body temperature. At an elevated body temperature, the heat denatured the proteins and destabilized phospholipids and lipoproteins of the cells in his body. This resulted in the liquefying of his cellular membrane and led to cardiovascular collapse, multiorgan failure and eventually his death. Emergency medical service personnel was summoned and transported him to the hospital where he died. He was a temporary employee and was hired four days prior to the accident.
Keywords: loading, baggage conveyor, heat stroke, heat exhaustion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302569702 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Laborers, except construction

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