Tampa, FL, May 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jesus Jimenez, 33, died following the accident at the Port of Tampa on a recent Thursday evening, and approximately twelve co-workers and firefighters were taken to Tampa General Hospital.
"Accidents like this are always hard on families and workers," said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. "No one expects to put their life on the line while working this type of job."
At the time of the accident, the workers, employed by Lanzo Lining Services, were cleaning an 8-foot-wide sewer pipe at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. They were preparing the pipe for a new liner, which extends its life.
At approximately 7 p.m., two workers became sick while working within the pipe. A number of their co-workers attempted to rescue the sickened workers, but everyone who entered the pipe became ill.
As Tampa firefighters soon rescued the workers, but six of them were sickened by the fumes as well.
Later that night, a hazardous materials team from Tampa Fire Rescue conducted air quality readings in the area of the accident. They measured levels of hydrogen sulfide - a toxic gas officials suspected could be to blame - and found them to be normal. The pipe, however, required further readings, they said.
The next day, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were working with police to try to find the cause of the fumes.
"Investigators owe it to workers to find out exactly what went wrong and take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again," Joyce added.
Officials at the Port of Tampa released a statement following the accident saying they were "very saddened" by the death of Jimenez and expressed support for his family.
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