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Sewage Disposal Plant Asphyxiation

Point Pleasant, Mason County, West Virginia
August 14, 1943
No. Killed - 3



USBM Incident Report (letter)

Rescuer Deaths

Three employees of the disposal plant were killed by the inhalation of toxic fumes believed to be hydrogen sulfide or an oxygen deficiency.  Charles R. Miller, Water Treating Operator, was the initial victim.  Delmar W. Oldaker and Gerard Colwell were overcome during rescue attempts.

Note: This accident was discovered in MSHA's Fatality Archive Database on their web site.  According to the database record, this was not a mining accident but was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines.



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