Safety probe follows man's collapse while cleaning fuel tank

January 16, 1999

A man cleaning the inside of a fuel tank at a Baltimore County trailer company was critically injured yesterday when he was overcome by fumes. The state is investigating possible safety violations.

Marion Scollar, 28, who worked for Brody Transportation Trailer Division just outside the city in Baltimore Highlands, was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Baltimore County Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said firefighters who were called to the company in the 3500 block of Marmenco Court about 11 a.m. found Scollar lying unconscious inside a large tank used to transport fuel on the back of a truck.

Hubbard said Scollar had been cleaning the inside of the tank "when he became overcome by fumes" and passed out. Officials said he regained consciousness as he was being pulled to safety.

Fire officials called the Maryland Occupation Safety and Health to conduct an investigation. "We didn't see any evidence of respiratory protection or ventilation of the enclosed area," Hubbard said.

Dennis Check, the company's operations manager, declined to comment on the incident. Asked about possible safety violations, he said, "That's all being looked into."

Pub Date: 1/16/99

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