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County employee scrapes shin, side during fall into sewage

July 23, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

An employee of the Washington County Department of Water Quality was treated at Washington County Hospital and released Tuesday after he fell about 3 feet into a channel of treated sewage, the department's director said.

The man was cleaning the ultraviolet tubes from the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant at 16232 Elliott Parkway when he slipped into the effluent channel, which empties into the Conococheague Creek, Director Greg Murray said.

The employee, who Murray refused to identify because of an employee privacy policy, scraped his shin and side as he fell into the concrete channel, Murray said. The man was taken to the hospital as a precaution, he said.

The incident was reported to Washington County Emergency Services at 10 a.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

Murray said the employee is expected to be back at work today.

The department uses ultraviolet light for disinfection, Murray said. The treated effluent the man fell into looks like water at that point in the process, he said.

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