Boat Maintenance Crew Supervisor Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning while Using Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
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Type:  Report - Gov

Publisher:  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, WA

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Confined Space

A boat maintenance crew supervisor died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gasoline-powered pressure washer to strip paint from a boat. At the start of the day, the gasoline-powered pressure washer was positioned on the dock. Later, employees of another contractor moved the pressure washer onto the boat to clear the way for supply deliveries. Shortly before the end of the work day, the victim moved the pressure washer onto a side deck passageway that was fully enclosed by plastic tarps. Working alone, he used the pressure washer for about 20 minutes. A co-worker went to look for the victim and found him unconscious on top of the pressure washer. Emergency responders arrived and determined that the victim was deceased.

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