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City identifies worker who died after getting trapped in tank at wastewater treatment plant

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 2:48 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 7:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials have identified the city worker who died Friday after getting trapped in a tank at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa Beach.

The city said the man was 64-year-old Gilbert Chang of Kapolei.

The Honolulu Fire Department said they were called to the scene at about 10 a.m. Firefighters were able to retrieve the city employee.

The facility treats wastewater for use on things like irrigation and in cooling towers.

In a statement, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi expressed his condolences to the family and said the city “mourns the loss of our dedicated city employee.” The city declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, the Honolulu Police Department has classified the case as an unattended death.

The state Occupational Safety and Health agency is now investigating.

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