Posted on July 22nd, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A Roxana man’s estate filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court this month against a public water district after the man died from suffocation while working on a valve in an underground vault. The man, an employee of the water district, entered the vault to shut off water meters on August 4, 2008. The low oxygen levels and lack of ventilation, however, made conditions inside the confined space dangerous and ultimately caused him to suffocate. Now, his estate is suing the water district alleging the company, “failed to make a reasonable inspection of the vault and its equipment, to ventilate the vault, to warn users that the vault have a low level of oxygen, to provide a confined space entry program as prescribed by law and failed to provide a safe place to work.” The suit asks for at least $50,000 in damages for each of the three counts.
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