Two workers cleaning a chemical tank were overcome by fumes and died Saturday in an early morning incident in Pasadena, TX.
Shawn Jarmail Brown, 44, and Sidarieub Lozano, known as Sidarieus, 29, died Saturday after Lozano went into the back of a semi-truck and never came out. Brown went to check on him and also did not come out of the truck’s tank. A third employee followed while wearing a gas mask and discovered the bodies of both men inside.
Brown died at 1:26 a.m. while Lozano died at 1:24 a.m., according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Both were working at a Quala’s industrial tank-cleaning facility in Pasadena when they were overcome by fumes, said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Several others were also injured, according to a statement from the company.
Further details on the incident were not immediately available.
Quala is “North America’s largest independent network of tank cleaning, maintenance, and industrial services,” according to its website. It offers inspections, testing, and repairs for the food, chemical, and transportation industries. The company has 74 locations across the nation and said it accomplishes over 600,000 cleanings each year.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their loved ones, and we are in close communication with the families impacted to ensure they have everything they need during this unimaginably difficult time,” the company said in a statement.
The same company was sued in September by a worker who contends he did not get medical attention for three hours after he was exposed to “extremely toxic and deadly” chemicals, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.