Two trapped, die In underground fuel tank in Lagos

tanker-stainlessTragedy struck in the early hours of yesterday when two workers of Fagbems Filling Station, Ojodu, Lagos, got trapped and died in an underground petrol tank.

The two victims, Adekunle Ipaye and the other, simply known as ‘United’, got trapped during an early morning cleaning and renovation exercise of the station located at Oando bus-stop, Berger.

The Guardian gathered that Ipaye and United died of suffocation and poisonous gas emission from the tank.
Emergency Response Team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed that the incident occurred around 6am, while the duo were at work.

Experts have warned that health effects from exposure to petroleum products vary depending on the concentration of the substance and the length of time one is exposed to it.

Breathing petroleum vapors can cause nervous system effects (such as headache, nausea, and dizziness) and respiratory irritation. Very high exposure can cause coma and death.

The Lagos State Fire Services and LASEMA Emergency Response Team recovered the two bodies of the two victims around 8am and immediately confirmed them dead.

The bodies have been evacuated by State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary, while the Police from Ojodu Police Station and the LASAMBUS were also on ground.

General Manager LASEMA, Michael Akindele, said proper investigation would be conducted to ascertain what led to the incident.
Akindele, however, warned contractors to use right safety  equipment and also adhere to other safety precautions while carrying out underground cleaning and other duties.

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1 Comment
  • nana

    Dear Nigerians it is 2016 and we can not afford to continue to be this ignorant anymore. With smartphones at our beck and call and informative documentaries available on satellite TV; to then go watch stupid music videos and backward thinking nollywood movies is a SIN!!!.

    If you are so stupid and poor that any job will do and you have to do such a dangerous job, for atypical Nigerian owned company that will never create and implement a HSE policy (because TOTAL / SHELL will never let this slide) so you are never going to be given the correct apparatus to wear in there (if you even know how to use it), then ask that you are attached by a harness and rope to the top of the tank, and THAT SOMEONE ALWAYS STANDS WATCH to see that you are conscious and fine in there. So in case something goes wrong an alarm can be raised and efforts are immediately put to bring you out and resuscitate you. DEAR NIGERIANS GO AND READ PRACTICAL BOOKS AND WATCH ON THE JOB PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES ON YOUTUBE STOP LISTENING TO BULLSHIT MOTIVATION SPEECHES AND WEALTH PROPHESIES. THIS IS YOUR LIFE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. IT IS A SIN TO STILL BE THIS IGNORANT IN 2016!!!