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Inspection: 3199510 - Bryson Industrial Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 3199510Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 08/04/1986

Bryson Industrial Services, Inc.
Rabon Creek Pump Station
Laurens, SC 29360
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4953/Refuse Systems
Mailing: 411 Burton Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/19/1986
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:08/27/1986

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14215842Event: 07/16/1986Employees Exposed To Methylene Chloride In Confined Space
EMPLOYEE #1, ALONG WITH OTHERS, WAS REMOVING PAINT OVERSPRAY FROM THE FLOOR OF A PUMPING PIT. A PAINT STRIPPER CONTAINING 66 PERCENT METHYLENE CHLORIDE, AND SMALLER PERCENTAGES OF TOLUENE, METHYL ETHYL KETONE, ACETONE AND METHANOL WAS BEING USED. THE FLOOR WAS 35 FEET BELOW THE GROUND IN A 35 BY 24 FOOT PIT WITH AN ENCLOSED BUILDING ABOVE IT. NO MECHANICAL VENTILATION WAS PROVIDED. A STRONG BUILDUP OF FUMES CAUSED THE WORKERS TO EVACUATE. EMPLOYEE #1 RETURNED TO THE PIT. HE WAS OVERCOME BY THE FUMES AND WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEE #2, AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL EMPLOYEE, ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE EMPLOYEE #1. HE WAS HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF HIS EXPOSURE TO THE FUMES. THIS EVENT WAS CAUSED BY IMPROPER ENTRY INTO A CONFINED SPACE CONTAINING HAZARDOUS LEVELS OF METHYLENE CHLORIDE.
Keywords: respiratory, toxic fumes, ventilation, methylene chloride, work rules, inhalation, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 3199510 Occupation Not Listed

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