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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $400
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 741017503 A BC 11/20/1986 11/24/1986 $400 $400 $0 11/26/1986 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14204721 Event: 10/10/1986Two Employees Die, Five Injured In Confined Space
At about 3:30 p.m. on October 10, 1986, Employee #1, a self contractor, arrived to inspect the sawmill's fire protection sprinkler system backflow valve located in an underground vault 8 ft deep by 6 ft wide by 12 ft long with a 31 in. manhole opening. At about 4:20 p.m. a truck driver saw Employee #1 laying in 14 in. of water at the bottom of the vault and reported it to the mill office. Meanwhile, Employee #2 attempted to rescue Employee #1 and lost consciousness. Employee # 3 attempted to rescue Employee #2 and became disoriented. Employees # 4 through 7, the policeman and firemen paramedics, attempted rescue without proper equipment and required treatment for an oxygen deficient atmosphere with high levels of carbon dioxide after climbing out of the vault unaided. Firemen using self contained air respirators removed Employees # 1 through 3 from the vault, but were unable to revive Employees #1 and 2, who were pronounced dead at the hospital. Employees # 3 through 7 were hospitalized for asphyxia.
Keywords: oxygen, oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, scba, carbon dioxide, manhole, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 3148525 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Automobile mechanics
2 3148525 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; distrib., sched'g & adjusting clerks
3 3148525 Fatality Asphyxia Inspectors, testers and graders
4 3148525 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Police and detectives, public service
5 3148525 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
6 3148525 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
7 3148525 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Police and detectives, public service

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