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Safety at Wastewater Treatment plants 2013


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Safety at Wastewater Treatment plants 2013

  1. 1. Treatment Plants Draft 9 18 2013
  2. 2. September 2013 • Rick Whitney and another worker were injured 9/11/2013 while working at the wastewater treatment plant in the Madison County village of Canastota, NY. • Whitney was a steamfitter working for a subcontractor replacing old pipes when an explosion happened at the facility • He passed away 9/18/2013
  3. 3. May 2013 • College Station, Texas • Worker died after being pinned to the ground by two 1,500- pound, 20-feet-long shoring panels. • 49-year-old Armando Gonzalez of Bryan • . • Police say the man was pinned inside a 30 to 40-foot hole • Fire Department told the Bryan-College Station Eagle that the shoring had “given out.”
  4. 4. April 2013 • 48-year-old Michael Koch of Brooklyn Michigan was killed in the methane gas explosion at the Dexter Utilities Department's Water Treatment Plant MI • Fire Department Chief Loren Yates said both men were believed to be inside the tank when the explosion occurred, and investigators suspect that the men's blow torches ignited the gas
  5. 5. April 2013 • HUNTINGTON BEACH • Orange County Sanitation District plant • Fell about 10 feet into a concrete vault • Could not get out because of his injuries,
  6. 6. April 2013 • UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -A construction worker has been rescued after being unable to get out of a 30-foot underground treatment vault in Upper Marlboro. • It took about an hour and a half for the 19- year-old male contractor to be rescued at the WSSC treatment plant in the 6600 block of Crain Highway. Fire officials say the worker slipped and fell in the vault and suffered a back injury, which caused him to be immobile and required a rescue team to get him out. Other workers were in the vault, but no one else was injured. The worker has been sent to the hospital. His injuries are non-life-threatening.
  7. 7. • Tampa FL Treatment Plant • Worker died after being exposed to fumes that sent a total of seven workers to the hospital. • Worker were working to clean a 96-inch sewer pipe • Overcome by fumes, possibly methane or hydrogen sulfide, or a lack of oxygen • During the rescue, six Tampa firefighters were also affected by the fumes. They were treated at Tampa General Hospital and released. April 2013
  8. 8. April 2013 • Tyler, TX • Leak in a chlorine pipe at the Lake Palestine Water Treatment Plant. • “At approximately 6:45 a.m., an alarm at the plant alerted staff that there was a leak,” said Managing Director of Water Utilities Greg Morgan. • One City employee, who was arriving to work at the time, is believed to have been exposed to the chlorine.
  9. 9. March 2013 • Worker died when fell 30 feet into an empty tank • St. Petersburg water treatment • Worker was going to resurface the water tank, which holds more than 2 million gallons of reclaimed water when it is filled. • "Officials said it appears as though he was not wearing a safety harness while cleaning the tank." • Lt. Joel Granata with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue told Channel 13: "The worker was actually on a scissors platform and he was doing some routine maintenance on one of the walls in the tank."
  10. 10. August 2012 MO • Steven Webb, 53, of House Springs • Overcome by exposure to methyl ethyl ketone collapsed and died inside an 18-foot-deep vault manhole • Boschertown sanitary sewer lift station.
  11. 11. Sep 2011 • CHENEY WA • A wastewater treatment plant worker became lightheaded and fell head first into a 24-inch wide sewage pipe. • Firefighters say the man had room to breathe and move while they worked to pull him out of the line. • Pretty nasty, absolutely, all the chemicals, bacteria and gases ? everything you’re dealing with inside the pipe, so that's the main reason he's going to the hospital for evaluation,
  12. 12. Object From Forklift Falls On Man At Wastewater Plant • Wellington wastewater treatment facility Wednesday morning. • Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies said a man was working near a forklift about 8:30 a.m. when an object fell from the forklift and struck him. • The man was airlifted to Delray Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.
  13. 13. Worker dies after fall in storage tank • A worker died today after falling and hitting his head in a storage tank at a water treatment plant • Dallas Treatment plant • The victim was climbing a ladder out of the tank when he fell 15 feet and struck his head on a concrete block. • He suffered severe head and neck injuries and was taken to Dallas Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
  14. 14. Mercury Spilled At Dubuque Water Treatment Plant • The spill occurred while a trickling filter bearing housing which contained a mercury seal was being moved by contractors. • Within an hour, a hazardous materials abatement contractor was asked to respond to the site and within three hours was on site assessing the situation. • A contract was executed with a hazardous materials and emergency response contractor by 5 p.m. that day and the contractor was on site to begin mitigation work by 7 a.m. the next day.
  15. 15. Andover water treatment plant evacuated • ANDOVER, MN • Employees were forced to evacuate Andover's water treatment plant after a chemical reaction set off hazardous fumes. • A contractor was delivering chemicals to the plant and accidentally poured fluorine into the tank that holds chlorine, triggering the reaction.
  16. 16. GA 2010 • CUMMING, GA. • A worker at the county's water plant died after being trapped under a piece of machinery. • Firefighters were dispatched to the plant Thursday afternoon but found it difficult to make contact with the man, who apparently was trapped under a piece of equipment when it rolled over.
  17. 17. IL Digester explosion • 2010 • The digester building — which produces methane gas for use as energy— was demolished in the explosion, although no employees were inside at the time and no injuries have been reported, Young said.
  18. 18. IL Worker Death In Wastewater Plant Ruled Accidental 2011 • Water Reclamation District of Chicago • John Fergus, 51, died from multiple injures sustained in a bobcat machine accident • Fergus was an electrician with the district and had six children • She said this is the first time that an accident like this has happened. • Several years ago another worker drowned in a water facility, she said.
  19. 19. 2011 TN • GATLINBURG, TN • Two workers killed after the basin wall of a wastewater treatment plant collapsed, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage. • Rescuers found the bodies of John Eslinger, 53, and Don Storey, 44, after 10 hours of searching after the incident at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Facility • Emergency officials estimated 850,000 gallons of sewerage spilled, contaminating the Little Pigeon River.
  20. 20. IL 2010 • Calumet Water Reclamation District • Worker fell off a ladder into a 20-30 deep hole at a water plant hitting the other employee below. • They were working on settling tanks at the time of the accident • One of the workers was listed in serious condition with head injuries - the second worker was reported in fair condition
  21. 21. Worker killed by explosion at Redding sewage plant • June 2011 • REDDING, CA • Authorities are investigating a water tank explosion that killed a worker at a sewage treatment plant • 54-year-old Fred Crumb died Thursday afternoon after suffering critical head injuries in the explosion. • Crumb was critically injured when the explosion blew the top off a 4,500-gallon steel tank at the Clear Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. .
  22. 22. Worker falls to death at sewage plant • LOS ANGELES • 2009 • Worker falls to death at sewage plant • A worker has died after falling about 30 feet at a sewage treatment plant near Playa Del Rey. • Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa says paramedics were called to the Hyperion treatment plant around noon Tuesday.
  23. 23. Asheville Sewerage Supervisor Dies While Working On Line • A backhoe struck John Mark Crowe in the head and shoulders as his crew worked on inserting a manhole near 257 Mcdowell • Crowe, a 45-year-old married man who worked for the sewerage district for 15 years, was working as the construction crew supervisor.
  24. 24. Two injured in fall at wastewater plant • September 7, 2011 • OMAHA • Jared Kirkendall, 27, of Auburn, Neb., was flown to the Nebraska Medical Center with head injuries after his safety harness failed to stop his 17- foot fall • John Meyers, 44, of Council Bluffs, was taken by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center with chest and rib injuries after his harness pulled him up short of the ground, • The men fell while doing welding work inside the building on the roof of a tank.
  25. 25. 5 burned in explosion at treatment- plant site • Edmonds, WA • Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. • A worker was putting a 1,000 gallon propane tank onto a truck to take it off the site. • The tank, which was the size of a small car and had been used temporarily for heat, had about 300 gallons of propane in it. • The load shifted, causing the tank to move unexpectedly, and a valve snapped off the tank
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