Worker dies after being trapped in a sewage tank at treatment plant

Firefighters were able to retrieve the man once the air quality was deemed safe to enter


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Published: Sat 27 Nov 2021, 8:41 AM

A Honolulu city worker died Friday after being trapped in a tank at a sewage treatment plant, officials said.

Firefighters received a 911 call at 10am requesting “a confined space” rescue at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Because of federal rules, a hazardous materials unit was first deployed to check the air quality in the tank to determine whether it was safe for a rescue team to enter. Rescuers retrieved the worker once the hazmat unit deemed the area safe.

The worker was transferred to paramedics at 10:39am. The city did not elaborate on the worker’s condition at the point of rescue, but confirmed that the worker died.


The worker’s death is being investigated.

A spokesperson for Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the worker’s family.

“The city mourns the loss of our dedicated city employee,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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