View Full Version : Two Workers Killed at Russian Launch Facility

2013-Nov-12, 06:00 PM
Reports coming out of Russia say that two people were killed at the Plesetsk space launch facility last week while doing routine work cleaning out a propellant tank. The Russian newspaper Ria Novosti said that on November 9, 2013, two workers were killed and three others were hospitalized after being exposed to poisonous nitrogen vapors […]

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2013-Nov-13, 07:45 AM
To be clear, it's not that nitrogen is poisonous. Vessels containing hazardous substances are often purged with nitrogen precisely because it is inert. But that leaves an environment of too much nitrogen and too little oxygen.

It's not the nitrogen itself that is the killer, it's the anoxia caused by the nitrogen displacing the oxygen.

In my line of work, this kind of thing comes under Confined Space Entry, which is a special type of work with special procedures including breathing apparatus and standby men to look out for those doing the entry into the confined space.