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Construction foreman killed and two workers injured when exposed to toxic gasses in a sewage pumping station dry well.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1995 Jan; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20026589
Abstract
On June 14, 1994, a 32 year-old male construction foreman died and a laborer was critically injured after being exposed to toxic gases while working in a sewage pumping station dry well. Three workers had attempted to remove a blank that had been placed in a pipe to block the flow of sewage, causing trapped liquids and toxic gases to be released Despite emergency treatment in hyperbaric chambers, the victim died of his injuries the next day and the second worker remained in critical condition. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive confined space entry program. 2. Employers and employees should conduct a daily job hazard analysis of all work areas. 3. Contracting authorities should require contractors to specify how they will implement a safety and health program when bidding for a contract.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Safety-programs; Hazardous-materials; Hazards; Health-hazards; Confined-spaces; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Sewage-industry; Sewage-treatment
Publication Date
19950131
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-110595
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-94NJ086; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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