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3 men die after getting trapped in manure pit

Posted on Friday, 13 August, 2021 | Comment icon 5 comments

Manure pits can quickly prove deadly. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Ernst Vikne
All three men, who were brothers, ended up trapped in the pit after becoming overwhelmed by the fumes.
The idea of being trapped inside a pit of manure sounds awful at the best of times, but what makes it even more dangerous - and deadly - is the concoction of fumes that the manure can produce.

According to reports, the men had entered the manure pit in an attempt fix a faulty pump, however they were soon overcome by the noxious fumes and rendered unconscious.

Emergency services did eventually manage to extract them from the pit, however all three men ultimately died in hospital a few hours later.

Manure pits are used to store animal waste for use as fertilizer, however they also produce hydrogen sulfide, methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide - a deadly combination.
Even at low levels, these gases can cause serious harm to a person's health, but in high concentrations, they can quickly render a person unconscious.

What makes these pits particularly dangerous is that if someone is trapped inside one, anyone who attempts a rescue can quickly find themselves becoming a victim as well.

"Unless the rescuer is wearing SCBA protective equipment... there is a strong likelihood that the rescuer will also succumb to the toxic gases or lack of oxygen," the National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) writes.

"There have been numerous instances where several farmers have been killed while attempting to remove someone from a pit or facility. Always treat a [manure] pit as if it is a death trap."

Source: Live Science | Comments (5)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ouija ouija on 13 August, 2021, 10:31
You'd think that in the 21st century every farmer with a slurry pit on his farm would be trained in avoiding the dangers. For example, having masks stored close to the pit and large notices explaining what to do in an emergency. Perhaps the design of the pit needs to be altered so that no one has to get inside it to fix the machinery. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jaded1 on 13 August, 2021, 12:03
**** happens... Sorry, I'll just get my coat.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ouija ouija on 13 August, 2021, 12:04
Shame on you! * holds door open *
Comment icon #4 Posted by XenoFish on 13 August, 2021, 12:18
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tomas S on 15 August, 2021, 22:15
What a s***ty way to die... 

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