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Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling – update 5

video from the confined space rescue in Wheeling on 11-30-12

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Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling – update 4

Final set of images from the confined space recovery in Wheeling on 11/29/12.

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The firefighter is out of the tank after having attached a harness to the victim. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The firefighter that was inside the tank heads toward the decontamination unit as others in protective gear standby to help retrieve the victim. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The firefighter begins the decontamination process. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Using the ropes and pulleys, firefighters work to extract the victim from the bottom of the tank. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Another view of the overall scene with technical rescue, support, and EMS personnel in place. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The decon unit has separate areas to decontaminate the victim and the rescue personnel. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Another firefighter begins the decontamination process. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The firefighters begin their decontamination outside the unit before going through a series of showers inside the truck. Another team works to decontaminate the victim on the other side. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

All contaminated ropes and equipment are collected. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

After completing the decontamination showers, a firefighter dons a generic smock before going to the hospital for a quick examination. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The external decontamination area alongside Decon 1. Larry Shapiro photo

worker dies in chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Additional ambulances from Elk Grove Township and Skokie were special called to the scene to standby for medical emergencies. Ambulances from Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, and Highland Park were used for firefighters, the victim, and another worker from the cleaning company. Larry Shapiro photo

Des Plaines Fire Department Technical Rescue Squad

Des Plaines Fire Department Technical Rescue Squad. Larry Shapiro photo

Other posts from this incident are HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Tim Olk has a gallery of images HERE.

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Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling – update 3

More images still depicting the confined space recovery of a worker Thursday in Wheeling.

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

Tech team members make preparations for the recovery. Tim Olk photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

An overview of the tanks and the recovery operation. Tim Olk photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling - update 2

Several technical rescue team members confer on top of the storage tank. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling - update 2

The rigging is setup from the tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

Firefighters go over their action plan and check their equipment. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

A firefighter is readied for entry into the tank. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

A firefighter is lowered into the storage tank. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

The firefighter is now inside the storage tank. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

Several firefighters stand by as one team member attaches a harness on the victim so he can be removed from the noxious tank. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

An overview of the scene and fire apparatus in the company parking lot. Larry Shapiro photo

Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling

The scene has been setup for the victim to be removed to the decon area and then into the awaiting ambulance. Larry Shapiro photo

 

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Worker dies in chemical tank in Wheeling – update 2

More images from the confined space rescue in Wheeling 11-29-12. Previous posts are HERE and HERE.

 

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Decon 1 arrives at the scene and is backed into position . Larry Shapiro photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Decon 1 from Arlington Heights. Tim Olk photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Firefighters setup the decon area. Larry Shapiro photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Additional members of the technical rescue team arrive. Tim Olk photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Schaumburg Squad 55 and 55A arrive at the scene. Larry Shapiro photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

The contractor’s truck. Larry Shapiro photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

A firefighter examines the what might be used as the anchor point for the recovery ropes. Larry Shapiro photo

confined space recovery of worker from chemical storage tank in Wheeling IL 11-29-12

Members of the technical rescue team suit up for the recovery. Larry Shapiro photo

 

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Palatine dive rescue 3-24-11

Harper College submerged car Palatine Fire Department water rescue

The pond on the north side of the Harper College campus where a car was found submerged. Larry Shapiro photo

The Palatine Fire Department was called shortly after noon this afternoon for a reported car in a pond on the Harper College campus. Companies arrived to find only the roof visible of a submerged car with the passenger door open. Divers entered the water and found a woman in the car. She was removed and transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights where she was later pronounced dead. The Chicago Tribune has an article HERE and the Daily Herald has one HERE.

Harper College submerged car Palatine Fire Department water rescue

A backup diver is ready to enter the water if the primary diver requires assistance while searching the pond at Harper College for additional victims. Larry Shapiro photo

Fire department divers from Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg searched the area for over an hour in the event that there were additional occupants in the car when it entered the water. Elk Grove, Arlington Heights, and Mt. Prospect divers were also on-scene in the event that more personnel were needed. After assisting the police with measurements for their investigation, divers hooked the car so that it could be winched from the water.

Harper College submerged car Palatine Fire Department water rescue

A Schaumburg Fire Department diver prepares to perform a secondary search into the submerged car. Larry Shapiro photo

This is from the Harper College website:

News Alert: Shortly before noon on Thursday, March 24, 2011 a car was discovered submerged in a pond next to Parking Lot 12 on the Harper College campus in Palatine, IL. Divers recovered one female occupant of the car who was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights and pronounced dead.

The victim has not been identified. The investigation is being handled jointly by the Harper College Police Department, the Palatine Police Department and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer.

http://shapirophotography.net/Rescues%202011.htm

One diver walks the shore as two are submerged checking the area for additional victims. Larry Shapiro phoyo

Larry Shapiro was at the scene and submitted several images plus a video of the winch out. A large gallery of images from the scene can be found HERE.

http://shapirophotography.net/Rescues%202011.htm

Palatine Engine 84 supplies water to the Division 1 Decon unit. Each diver that went into the murky water was processed through the decon showers. Larry Shapiro photo

http://shapirophotography.net/Rescues%202011.htm

The Saturn sedan after it was winched out of the pond by Redmons Towing. Larry Shapiro photo

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