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Accident: 127310.015 - Diver Working On Water Tower Dies Of Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 127310.015 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 06/24/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1480842.01506/25/2020Liquivision Technology, Inc.
At 10:30 a.m. on June 24, 2020, Employee #1, a 27-year-old male, was working for a commercial diving service company that specialized in cleaning, inspecting, r epairing and rehabilitating potable water tanks. He was part of a three-man team that specialized in the inspection, cleaning and repair of large potable water tanks. The crew started working at 7:30 a.m. They were at a state university. Th e employee was getting ready to go into an elevated water tower to inspect and c lean the tank. He had not put on his diving equipment yet. At approximately 10:3 0 a.m. he was found unresponsive on the water tower's catwalk, which was about 3 0 meters (100 feet) high. The fire department was called. The employee was lower ed to the ground. He was in cardiac arrest. He was taken to a medical center. He died the following day. His death was related to heat and drugs.
Keywords: cardiac arrest, catwalk, diver, emergency response, heat exhaustion, scuba, unresponsive, water tank, water tower
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1480842.015 27 M Fatality Inspectors, testers and graders

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