Record Number: 716

FATALITY REPORT

REPORT CHARACTERISTICS:

DONOR: Alberta Community and Occupational Health
Occupational Health and Safety Division
JURISDICTION: ALBERTA
REPORT TITLE: Fatality Investigation Data Base

INFORMATION ABOUT DECEASED:

NAME: Confidential SEX: Male AGE: 44
OCCUPATION: welding and flame cutting

ACCIDENT INFORMATION:

DATE OF ACCIDENT: Confidential
PLACE: EDMONTON AREA: Edmonton
NATURE OF INJURY:
asphyxia (suffocation/drowning) or strangulation
TYPE OF ACCIDENT:
contact with gases/fumes by inhalation (lack of oxygen)
SOURCE OF INJURY:
chemicals (not coal/petroleum products, hydrogen sulphide)
air pressure (abnormal environmental)

ACCIDENT DESCRIPTION:

The deceased, a retired farmer, was attempting a repair in a septic tank on his
property. Working alone, he had removed the manhole cover from the septic
tank. He proceeded into the tank and was overcome by fumes or lack of oxygen.

INVESTIGATION:

DATE: 1978-05-10
UNSAFE ACT(S):
unsafe position/posture, inappropriate operational position
safety device removed or rendered inoperative
UNSAFE CONDITION(S):
improper ventilation
INDIRECT CAUSE(S):
worker's lack of experience or knowledge
unsafe job procedure
EMPLOYER ACTION(S):
eliminate unsafe procedure
OHSO ACTION(S):
other
OTHER'S ACTION(S):
no action



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