Two metal refinishers die when fumes ignite in elevator car.
NIOSH 1993 Nov; :1-6
Two men died and one co-worker was injured when fumes ignited inside an elevator car the men were refinishing. The workers were using a lacquer stripper to remove the lacquer finish and polish the underlying brass metal elevator interior. The three workers were locked inside the elevator car with the door closed when the fumes ignited and filled the car with flames. Missouri Department of Health investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. train employees in the recognition of confined spaces and the hazards they may contain. 2. follow precautions outlined in Appendix B of the ASME A17.1, 1204.2e, Cleaning, Polishing, and Refinishing, Refinishing of Elevator Cars. 3. develop and implement a comprehensive confined-space entry program to address all provisions outlined in NIOSH publications 80-106, "Working in Confined Spaces," and 87-113, "A Guide to Safety in Confined Spaces."
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electrical-hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Paint-thinners; Painters; Painting; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Fire-hazards; Fire-prevention; Fire-safety; Flammable-gases; Region-7; Confined-spaces; Flammable-liquids
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health