News Briefs: Construction Worker Falls Into Manhole After Being Overcome by Waterproofing Fumes

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Bucks County (Pennsylvania) commissioners nix the privatization of the community's sewer and water system

A worker at a construction site in Walton County, Florida, recently was rescued after falling 20 feet down a manhole and getting stuck. It took rescuers an hour to extract the man, according to Centre Daily Times

“Firefighters learned the man had fallen after being overcome by fumes from waterproofing the manhole,” fire district officials said, according to Centre Daily Times. “The man was unable to make it out of the hole under his own power, and firefighters worked to establish ventilation to the patient.”

Employees Evacuated After Chlorine Leak at Jackson Water Treatment Plant

Employees were evacuated and safety personnel were notified of a chlorine leak in the chemical building at O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant in Jackson, Mississippi, Sept. 19.

That building is designed to have air scrubbers to keep chlorine from leaving the structure and reportedly worked as designed. Ridgeland Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department Hazmat Team and O.B. Curtis maintenance staff identified three leaking valves and secured the area.

“The chemical building at O.B. Curtis is an area where increased focus needs to occur to abate additional safety hazards. We continually work to improve the safety of this facility. While this was a chlorine leak, the Mississippi State Department of Health engineers monitored the water disinfection during the leak; the disinfection process was uninterrupted, water being distributed to the public is still safe for consumption as long as you follow Mississippi State Department of Health precautions,” says Jim Craig, MSDH incident commander.

Bucks County Commissioners Stop Privatization of Sewer and Water System

Siding with residents who opposed the deal, Bucks County (Pennsylvania) commissioners have nixed the privatization of the community's sewer and water system.

The $1.1 billion bid by Aqua for the system would have been the largest sewer and water privatization deal in U.S. history.


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