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Intel Briefing – January 2013


Cicero man dies after fall into Wheeling chemical tank.
Fire crews recovered the dead body from the bottom of a chemical storage tank at the Sunnyside Corporation in Wheeling, Illinois, November 29. A man was cleaning the tank near an opening at the top before falling into the chemical “slime” at the bottom of the structure, the fire chief said. The fire chief was unsure whether the man fell accidentally or was overcome by fumes emitted by the chemical contents of the tank. The man was part of a two-person cleaning crew contracted by Sunnyside. He was found lying face down in methylene chloride, the Daily Herald reported. The liquid chemical is used in industrial operations such as paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, metal cleaning, and adhesives manufacturing. According to the fire chief, the man at the bottom of the tank could not be rescued. An oxygen meter used to measure conditions in the tank determined the bottom of the structure contained only 12 percent oxygen and the fire chief said the man could not have survived prolonged exposure to those conditions. The investigation of the death was turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Students sickened by a relaxation drink at school.
Officials have removed a relaxation drink named after a reggae icon after several students at a New Jersey school were sickened, the Associated Press reported December 4. Marley’s Mellow Mood is promoted to reduce stress. The drink’s nutrition facts said it may cause drowsiness and is not intended for children. However, students at Satz Middle School and Holmdel High School could buy it on campus. Several middle school students were sickened November 30. The Asbury Park Press reported the school district’s food service provider removed a manager pending an investigation. Chartwells School Dining Services also removed the product. The company issued a statement in which it said it takes this situation very seriously.

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Meth lab fire forces condo evacuation in Lido Beach.
Condo residents had to evacuate December 4 after a fire broke out in a Sarasota, Florida high rise. Officials said the fire broke out in a 12th floor apartment of the Lido Regency Condominiums on Lido Beach. There was no one in the apartment at the time. Fire crews were able to contain the blaze, and a HAZMAT team was on scene. Authorities said they found chemicals inside the unit that are used to make make methamphetamine as well as oxygen tanks and compressed gas tanks. After fire crews cleared the scene, Sarasota Police secured a search warrant for the condo unit. All 13 floors of the condo were evacuated while crews secure the scene. The residents were taken to a nearby Holiday Inn by Sarasota County Area Transit buses. Eight firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment of possible exposure to the chemicals.

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