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blue.gif (104 bytes) Propane Tank Explosion Results in the Death of two Volunteer Fire Fighters, Hospitilization of Six Other Volunteer Fire Fighters and a Deputy Sheriff-Iowa
blue.gif (104 bytes) Hardware Store Explosion Claims the Lives of Three Career Fire Fighters-New York
blue.gif (104 bytes) Career Fire Fighter Dies From Injury When Stationary Fill Tank Becomes-Over Presurrized and Suffers Catastrophic Failure-California
blue.gif (104 bytes) Explosion of Chlorine Vessel
blue.gif (104 bytes) Fatal Incident Summary Report: Fire at Wastewater Treatment Plant
blue.gif (104 bytes) Laborer Dies in Explosion
blue.gif (104 bytes) Laborer Dies After Inhaling Fumes and Drowning in California
blue.gif (104 bytes) Welder Dies in Explosion While Working Inside a Tanker Trailer in California
blue.gif (104 bytes) Two Engineers Die after an Explosion Occurred at an Explosive Test Facility
blue.gif (104 bytes) Three Oil Field Workers Died after Inhaling Carbon Monoxide Gas in an Oil Well cellar in Calif
blue.gif (104 bytes) Shipfitter / welder Dies when an Oxygen Cylinder Explodes in California
blue.gif (104 bytes) A General Laborer Dies when He Falls into a Process Tank of Heated Nickel Acetate
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NIOSH FACE Investigations of Fatal Confined Space Incidents

The following tables contain links to fatality investigation reports of incidents where entry into confined spaces resulted in the deaths of workers and rescuers. The first table contains a list of cases investigated by NIOSH; the second table contains a list of cases investigated by state investigators in state FACE programs.

NIOSH FACE Investigations of Fatal Confined Space Incidents:

Report ID Title
90-30 Carbon Monoxide Kills Three Firefighters Inside Well in Pennsylvania
84-11 Fire at a Wastewater Treatment Plant
84-13 Two Confined Space Fatalities During Construction of a Sewer Line
85-02 Two Rescuers Die in Fracturing Tank in West Virginia Gas Field
85-05 Worker Died after Entering a Toluene Storage Tank—Rescuing Fireman
85-09 Worker Dies in 20,000 Gallon Gasoline Bulk Tank While Wearing Closed Circuit SCBA in Vermont
85-26 Inspector Dies in Gasoline Storage Tank in Ohio
85-31 Three Sanitation Workers and One Policeman Die in an Underground Sewage Pumping Station in Kentucky
85-33 Construction worker dies as a result of applying coating material in confined space in California
85-40 City Water Worker Dies When Overcome by Natural Gas Vapors in a Confined Space in Ohio
85-44 Two Sanitation Employees Die in Confined Space in Kentucky
86-13 Worker Dies in Fermentation Tank in Montana
86-15 Steel Worker Dies in an Industrial Waste Pit in Pennsylvania
86-19 Truck Driver Suffocates in Sawdust Bin in Pennsylvania
86-23 Foundry Worker Dies in Indiana
86-34 Three Dead in Confined Space Incident in New York
86-37 Two Workers Die in Underground Valve Pit in Oklahoma
86-38 Three Dead, One Critical in Industrial Septic Tank in Georgia
86-48 28-Year-Old Dies in Rescue Attempt in Drainage Pit in Illinois
86-54 Insufficient Oxygen Level in Sewer Claims the Life of Plumbing Contractor in Georgia
87-01 Confined Space Fatality in West Virginia
87-06 Two Dead, Five Injured in Confined Space Incident in Oregon
87-17 Worker Dies While Cleaning Freon 113 Degreasing Tank in Virginia
87-20 Two Workers Die in Digester Unit in New Mexico
87-23 General Maintenance Person Asphyxiated Attempting to Repair Water Leak
87-25 Worker Dies While Repairing a Vacuum Evaporator Tank in Virginia
87-26 Worker Dies After Lifting Access Cover on Acid Reclaim Storage Tank in Virginia
87-27 Truck Driver Dies While Cleaning Out Inside of Tanker in South Carolina
87-33 Digester Explosion Kills Two Workers at Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pennsylvania
87-45 One Dead, One Near Miss in Sewer in Kentucky
87-46 Confined Space Fatality at a Wastewater Treatment Plant in Indiana
87-47 Worker Dies Inside Filtration Tank in Michigan
87-49 Farmer Dies in Indiana
87-50 Tractor-Trailer Repairman Dies while Welding Interior Wall of a Tanker in Indiana
87-57 Parks and Recreation Director Dies in Oxygen Deficient Atmosphere in West Virginia
87-59 73-Year-Old Self-Employed Pump Service Contractor Dies in Well in Maryland
87-64 Mechanic Asphyxiated Within Steam Service Passageway
87-67 Two Construction Workers Die Inside Sewer Manhole in Indiana
88-01 Two Supervisors Die in Manhole in South Carolina
88-20 Steelworker Dies in Oxygen-Deficient Confined Space
88-33 Electroplater and Four Co-workers Die from Asphyxiation in Metal Plating Vat
88-36 Three Construction Supervisors Die From Asphyxiation in Manhole
88-44 Construction Sub-Contractor Asphyxiated in Manhole
89-28 Two Maintenance Workers Die After Inhaling Hydrogen Sulfide in Manhole
89-33 Grain Elevator Leadman Suffocates After Being Engulfed in Shelled Corn Inside Silo
89-38 Painter Dies From Burns Received From Explosion Inside Tank
89-44 Two Farm Laborers Die in Oxygen-Deficient Manure Pit
89-46 Five Family Members Die After Entering Manure Waste Pit on Dairy Farm
90-14 Municipal Sewer Maintenance Worker Drowns Inside Sewer Wet Well in Illinois
90-17 Sewer Worker Dies When Inflatable Sewer Plug Bursts in Washington, D.C.
90-30 Carbon Monoxide Kills Three Volunteer Firefighters Inside Well in Pennsylvania
90-32 Electrician Electrocuted When He Contacts Energized Conductor in a Manhole in Virginia
91-04 Maintenance Worker Suffocates From Engulfment After Falling Into Sawdust Silo
91-12 Truck Driver Suffocates After Being Engulfed in Shelled Corn Inside Grain Storage Bin in Ohio
91-13 Assistant Manager at Ice Rink Asphyxiated by an Oxygen-Deficient Atmosphere—Alaska
91-14 Furnace Operator Dies After Being Overcome by Argon Gas in Pressure Vessel in South Carolina
91-17 Municipal Water System Operator Dies After Entering Oxygen-Deficient Valve Vault in Montana
91-23 Waste-Water Treatment Plant Operator Drowns in Recirculation Pit in Iowa
92-17 Driller and Service Rig Helper Die in Fracturing Tank at Gas Well Site—Pennsylvania
92-28 Hog Farm Co-Owner and Employee Die of Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning in Manure Pit—Minnesota
92-29 Farm Owner and Son Asphyxiated in Manure Waste Pit—MN
92-34 Millworker Dies in Feed Storage Bin—Virginia
93-17 Two Men Die in Well-Cleaning Operation—Maryland
93-23 Painter Dies After Fall Inside 250,000-Gallon Water Tank—North Carolina
94-16 Assistant Grain Elevator Supervisor Dies After Being Engulfed in Shelled Corn—North Carolina

 

State-FACE investigations of fatal Confined-Space incidents:
Report ID State Title
91AK013 AK Assistant Manager at Ice Rink Asphyxiated by an Oxygen-Deficient Atmosphere in Alaska
92AK036 AK Operator Dies in Oxygen-Deficient Compartment of Ice-Making Barge
94AK012 AK Welder's Helper Asphyxiated in Argon-Inerted Pipe
92CA001 CA Laborer Dies After Inhaling Fumes and Drowning in California
92CA007 CA Laborer Drowns in Flooded Pipeline After Water Main Was Ruptured by a Backhoe in California
93CA009 CA Welder Dies in Explosion While Working Inside a Tanker Trailer in California
94CA009 CA Warehouseman Dies From Asphyxiation in Salt Storage Bin in California
94CA016 CA Three Oil Field Workers Died after Inhaling Carbon Monoxide Gas in an Oil Well Cellar in California
95CA014 CA Two Oil Field Mechanics Die in a Pressure Vessel Rupture at an Oil Refinery in California
89CO029 CO Mechanic in a Construction Firm Died After Becoming Entrapped in a Roofing Tar Tank Truck
90CO063 CO Carbon Monoxide Kills 65 Year-old Rancher
91CO074 CO Sanitation Worker Dies When Rescuing Co-worker from Underground Sewer Vault
94CO006 CO 17-year-old Worker Died as a Result of an Overexposure to Tetrachloroethylene
93IA014 IA Iowa Farm Worker Suffocates After Becoming Trapped in a Storage Bin Filled with an Unstable Grain Product
98IA035 IA Farmer Suffocates Under Grain While Using a Grain Vacuum
98IA043 IA Farmer Suffocates in Flower Grain While Clearing a Blocked Grain Auger
01IA017 IA Farmer Suffocates In Grain Bin While Unloading Corn
91MA002 MA Custodian Dies in a Confined Space in a Hospital Laundry
92MA018 MA Massachusetts Water Works Specialty Valve Foreman Dies in Oxygen Deficient Valve Chamber
94MA010 MA Massachusetts Concrete Plant Driver/Yardman Asphyxiated in Materials Hopper
98MA035 MA Temporary Laborer Dies in Fish Processing Plant in Massachusetts
92MN001 MN A 35-year-old Male Died After Falling Into and Suffocating in a Corn Bin Containing Approximately 40,000 Bushels of Corn
92MN025 MN Grain Elevator Owner's Son Dies After Being Engulfed in a Corn Bin
93MN001 MN Male Maintenance Worker Buried and Suffocated in Sand Hopper
93MN007 MN Grain Elevator Worker Dies After Becoming Engulfed in Soy Beans
94MN045 MN Farmer Asphyxiated in Manure Waste Pit
94MN057 MN Waste Hauling Service Worker Dies After He Collapsed In An Underground Manure Waste Pit
94MN058 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
95MN045 MN Farm Youth Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
96MN001 MN Two Employees Die After Steam Line They Were Repairing Was Re-energized
96MN023 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
96MN047 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed in Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
96MN083 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Screenings Inside A Steel Grain Bin
96MN086 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
98MN055 MN Farmer Dies After Being Engulfed In Corn Inside A Steel Grain Bin
00MN036 MN Farm Worker Dies After Being Engulfed In Wheat In Semi-Truck Box
92MO033 MO Municipal Water-line Inspector Dies After Entering Oxygen-Deficient Vault in Missouri.
92MO037 MO Construction Laborer Dies from Burns Received when Scalding Hot Water Floods Sewer.
92MO046 MO Two Metal Refinishers Die When Fumes Ignite in Elevator Car
99NE016 NE Two Feedlot Workers Suffocated in Grain Bin
99NE028 NE Farm Youth Suffocated in Corn Bin
90NJ010 NJ Laborer Electrocuted While Working at Bottom of Dry Well at Sewer Pumping Station
93NJ021 NJ Police Officer Drowns After Being Overcome by Hydrogen Sulfide While Attempting Rescue of Construction Worker
98NJ047 NJ Worker Suffocated When Engulfed in a Sand Hopper
92WI063 WI A 20 Year Old Farmer Dies after Entering a Silo Recently Filled with Haylage
92WI119 WI Two Carpenters Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Secondary to Running a Gas Powered Engine in a Confined Space (Basement of a Home)
93WI143 WI Farmer's Helper Dies of Asphyxiation in Grain Bin
93WI181 WI Owner of a Auto Dealership Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning While Doing Car Repairs in an Unventilated Garage
93WI221 WI Farmer Dies of Asphyxiation in Grain Bin
93WI232 WI Farmer Asphyxiated After Entering Sealed Silo
00WI080 WI Youth Camp Counselor Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

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