Fumes to Blame for Workplace Accident


Two employees fell into a large tank of toxic chemicals while cleaning at the Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products plant in Lubbock, Texas on June 10. Employees say that the fumes made from cleaning the tank caused the two to fall into the tank.

The powerful chemicals used to clean the tank combined to create hydrogen sulfide gas. This toxic chemical is flammable and potentially fatal if you are exposed to it for too long. The men cleaning the tank created the gas then fell from inhaling the fumes. Five men near the tank cleaners cut a hole in the side of the tank and saved the two men before the first responders arrived and took them to the hospital.

At the end of the day, one man was in satisfactory condition while the other was still in critical condition. In addition to the two who were cleaning the tank, the five men in the area of the harmful gas as well as the two first responders were taken to the hospital for observation, but were released later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident to determine who may be at fault for the workplace accident. The extent of the injuries the two men suffered is not known.

If you or one of your family members has suffered a workplace accident, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation to pay for your injuries. The compensation can be extremely helpful if the injuries do not allow the injured to return to the job.