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Man found dead in Wheeling plant chemical container

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A firefighter is taken to an ambulance after going through a decontamination truck at the scene A firefighter is taken to an ambulance after going through a decontamination truck at the scene
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A man in his 30's has died after an industrial accident at a chemical company in Wheeling.

Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac said the victim was found at the bottom of a 40 to 50-foot tall chemical container at Sunnyside Corporation, a company that processes and packages chemical solvents.

The man, who has not been identified, worked for Phoenix Industrial Cleaning in Bellwood. A representative on the scene said the man had worked for the company for the past six years.

Chief MacIsaac said it is not clear how the man came to be at the bottom of the container, but he said the only way in or out is through a 28-inch opening at the top.

Firefighters had to wear a breathing apparatus to go in and recover the man's body which was found facedown at the bottom in methalene chloride sludge. He was not wearing any breathing apparatus according to MacIsaac. He said the oxygen levels in the container were at 12%, which is far too low for anyone to surviving without a breathing apparatus.

The victim's coworker who was at the top of the container called 911 around 11:15 a.m.

No one from Phoenix or Sunnyside was available to comment.

A representative from OSHA was on the scene conducting an investigation.

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