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Worker dies in 20,000 gallon gasoline bulk tank in Vermont.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1985 Mar; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00155137
Abstract
A fatal accident circumstance and epidemiology report on an incidence occurring in a storage tank is presented. The report is part of a NIOSH project in which data on fatal accidents involving electrocutions or those occurring in confined spaces is collected. On January 30, 1985, three workers were involved in cleaning an elevated 20,000 gallon gasoline storage tank. One worker, a volunteer fireman experienced with using an open circuit self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), entered the tank through a 16 inch internal diameter access hole located on top of the tank. The worker was wearing a closed circuit SCBA. Approximately 1 minute after entry, the worker collapsed face down into a 1.5 inch layer of sludge and leaded gasoline at the bottom of the tank. A coworker entered the tank twice in an attempt to rescue the victim. Being unsuccessful, the fire department was called. The fire department arrived approximately 5 to 6 minutes after the victim entered the tank. The victim was removed approximately 20 minutes later. Resuscitation was attempted. He was carried to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Factors contributing to the accident included inexperience of the victim in wearing closed circuit SCBA, lack of openings in the bottom or sides of the tank, and the victim not wearing emergency rescue equipment. Recommendations include familiarizing personnel with the use of both closed and open circuit SCBA, having working and emergency access and egress plans for entering confined spaces, and having additional portals cut into the tank at a location that permits easy egress in case of an emergency.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Electrical-industry; Accident-analysis; Workers; Nurses; Protective-equipment; Workplace-studies; Hazards; Health-hazards; Exposure-limits; Region-1; FACE-85-09
Publication Date
19850319
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-224201
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-85-09
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-9, 6 pages
State
VT; WV
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