Construction worker dies as a result of spraying coating material in confined space in California.
NIOSH 1985 Aug; :1-5
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report describing a confined space accident in California was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. The victim and a coworker were exposed to 2- nitropropane (79469) and coal-tar-pitch (8007452) vapors while painting the valves and steel flanges in a 72 inch underground water line with an epoxy coating on July 1, 1985. They were admitted to a hospital after complaining of nausea, headache, and vomiting. They were discharged on July 2. The victim was readmitted on July 6. He lapsed into a coma and died on July 12 of acute liver failure. The coworker was advised by the attending physician not to return to work because of fluctuations in his liver enzyme counts. Despite warnings on the cans not to use the resin in confined, unventilated spaces, a blower provided for ventilation was not used. Since both workers did not speak English well, it is possible they did not understand the warning labels. Recommendations include ensuring that employees are aware of the hazards associated with the materials they are using and enforcing existing safety policies.
NIOSH-Author; Construction-industry; Region-9; Exposure-levels; Industrial-exposures; Occupational-hazards; Chemical-properties; Ventilation; Health-hazards; Workplace-studies; FACE-85-33
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-33-I, 5 pages