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CA storage: respiration halted for fruit and people.
Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#12, 2011 May; :1
In 2008, a 59-year-old male employee at a fruit storage facility located on a farm died after entering a controlled atmosphere (CA) apple storage room containing less than 3% oxygen (O2). The decedent removed the Plexiglas window's wing nuts and climbed through the opening of the CA door. He was working alone. He was found by the farm owner in the room. The farm owner took a deep breath and leaned his upper body through the CA door opening and pulled the decedent to the door. After calling for emergency response, the farm owner took another deep breath, again leaned into the room and removed the decedent.
Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Humans; Accidents; Ventilation; Oxygen-deficient-atmospheres; Confined-spaces; Hazards
CA storage: respiration halted for fruit and people
Michigan State Department of Labor and Economic Growth
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