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Hydrogen sulfide poisoning kills two.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1996 Mar; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20028924
Abstract
A 30 year-old male (worker 1) and a 52 year-old male (worker 2) died as a result of exposure to hydrogen sulfide vapors. They were both working at an oil field water injection plant and in the process of replacing a water transfer pump when the incident occurred. It appears worker 1 removed a clamp on the wrong side of an isolation valve and water containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was released. Both were overcome by the H2S vapors. They were discovered by a coworker who called for help. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) Field Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences employers should: 1. Develop, utilize and enforce a comprehensive lockout/tagout program to protect individuals from potentially hazardous conditions. 2. Develop and utilize written standard procedures for removal and installation of major system components. 3. Consider redesigning the ventilation systems in water injection plants to more effectively exhaust hydrogen sulfide vapors. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition.
Keywords
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Safety-programs; Equipment-design; Gases; Vapors; Training; Oil-industry
CAS No.
7783-06-4
Publication Date
19960322
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-106559
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-96NE005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NE
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
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