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    Default Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    I recently heard about a worker in Tampa who died due to sewer gas exposure. Anyone know any details? It's definetely one of my fears working in the field sometimes.

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    Default Re: Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    Blow out your manholes and you won't have that problem. People who hop in manholes for "just a second" are putting their lives in jeopardy.

    Blow out your manholes.
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    Default Re: Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    From what I understand, it was a guy in a 96 inch pipe, no little blower is going to save you on that one.

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    Default Re: Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    Worker dies after exposure to fumes at Port of Tampa

    TBO.com
    Published: April 12, 2013
    A contract worker at the Port of Tampa has died after being exposed to fumes that sent a total of seven workers to the hospital.

    At around 7 p.m. Thursday, contracted employees of Lanzo Lining Inc. were working to clean a 96-inch sewer pipe at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant at 2700 Maritime Blvd.

    That’s when two workers who were inside the pipe were overcome by fumes, possibly methane or hydrogen sulfide, or a lack of oxygen, said Emilio Salabarria, chief of special operations for Tampa Fire Rescue.

    In an effort to help the men, six more workers entered the pipe and were also overcome by fumes. Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported seven men to Tampa General Hospital.

    Jesus Jimenez, 33, died from inhalation. A second worker, 31-year-old Jacinto Pulido, remains hospitalized, but in good condition.

    “We are very saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Jimenez and our thoughts and prayers are with the Jimenez family during this difficult time,’’ the Tampa Port Authority said in a prepared statement today.

    During the rescue, six Tampa firefighters were also affected by the fumes. They were treated at Tampa General Hospital and released.

    No one at the Wastewater Treatment Plant or surrounding area was evacuated, Salabarria said.

    Tampa Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials unit conducted meter readings of the area surrounding the incident and reported normal hydrogen sulfide readings before deeming it safe, police said. They said the pipe and excavation area would need further evaluation.

    Tampa police are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and project managers to determine the source of the fumes and assess safety concerns.

    The contractors have been working all week to clean the sewer lines and line it with fiberglass, Salabarria said.

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    Default Re: Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    I feel bad and my prayers are with the family of all who were involved.

    With that pleasantry out of the way.

    We have an "in-house" fire department and water rescue team. They have officially stated that they will do not rescues inside of confined spaces. The local fire department has officially stated that they, as of the first of the year, will not perform confined space rescues as well.

    During all pre-construction meetings the safety officer relates that any and all confined space entries will be by the book because no rescues will be performed by emergency personell. The going statement is that the by the time the Emergency personell show up on site it is typically a "recovery" operation and not a rescue. Then the safety officer reiterates the rules for confined space entry.

    Even with that I see guys working in structures without the MH's being blown out. The only thing going for these guys is we do so much monitoring of our confined spaces that we know where the "hot spots" are and strictly limit access to those contaminated confined spaces.

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    Default Re: Tampa, FL sewer worker dies

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCableVine View Post
    Blow out your manholes and you won't have that problem. People who hop in manholes for "just a second" are putting their lives in jeopardy.

    Blow out your manholes.
    Unfortunately many or most locate firms do not provide all the tools of the traded that are needed, including safety equipment. They are just unwilling or financially unable to put all the equipment needed into the hands of each locator. This ranges from a hammer to blowers.

    Another part of the correct equipment goes right up to the company vehicle. The growing trend is to buy small cheap cars and these vehicles just do not have the room to put all the equipment needed into them. Just look at how much room it takes for even traffic safety cones then add a blower and a power source for the blower and there is no room in the vehicle for it.

    When the money is spent on trucks there is often penny pinching that makes the trucks unsuitable. Much of the equipment needs to be kept out of the weather, not rained on or buried under snow. So the company buys the pickup truck an does not buy the cap or cover.

    As long as it is permissible to have dead employees over spending the needed money this will continue.

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