Water Reclamation District sued for death by suffocation

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of two Chicago area men who died while working in a water district vault. Recent tests have shown that the vault where the men suffocated contained 6-8% oxygen. Normally, air contains approximately 21% oxygen, but at the levels in the water district facility, it would have been difficult to survive for more than a few minutes. The Illinois families of the victims are suing to recover for personal injuries, wrongful death, and that the water district adhere to safety regulations that will prevent this type of accident from happening again in the future.

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