Massachusetts water works specialty valve foreman dies in oxygen deficient valve chamber.
NIOSH 1993 Dec; :1-3
During an overtime detail on the evening of September 11, 1992, a 26 year old male public water works specialty valve foreman was overcome and collapsed one to four minutes following entry into in an oxygen deficient underground valve chamber while purging air from an inactive aqueduct (waterline) scheduled for restoration. A co-worker and municipal policeman also overcome during rescue efforts were extricated in time to survive. The victim, however, was pronounced dead approximately one and one-half hours following the incident at the local hospital. The Massachusetts FACE Program Investigator concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive confined space entry program.
Region-1; 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; Confined-spaces; Supervisory-personnel; Oxygen-deficient-atmospheres
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health