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Investigation continues in deadly Eglin AFB accident
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- The investigation continues into a deadly accident on Eglin Air Force Base.
A civilian contractor was killed when a fire supression system filled a hangar with foam.
Channel Three's Laura Hussey talked to a union leader who says the accident raises concerns not just for the military, but for the whole community.
Laura Hussey "At least two separate Air Force panels are investigating the incident in King Hangar, this is one of their manuals on ground safety investigation. OSHA is conducting a separate investigation as well"
A Youtube video from 2009 shows a test of the foam fire supression system in King Hangar.
In 2012, it fired without warning, dumping ten feet of foam into the ninety-thousand square foot building.
Rocky Tasse/AFGE 1942 "We didn't seem to learn from that lesson, and it now compounded into costing us a life"
Union leader Rocky Tasse represents almost two-thousand government employees on Eglin.
He says stronger safety procedures should already have been in place.
Rocky "We have activities in the hangar for the community as well. I mean, we've invited the President of the United States to talk to us in that very hangar"
An OSHA spokesman says they're trying to find out if warnings are posted for people in the hangar.
They're also investigating what safety training is given to employees.
He says it's taking time to find rules and regulations that apply.
Rocky "What kind of has us all in awe is this has always been kind of played down as soap suds and you know, you're going to go outside and blow some bubbles and big deal, it's not a situation you'd have to worry about losing your life"
We reached out to the Air Force Safety Center for an update on the investigation, but haven't heard back yet.
They have not released a cause of death for Contractor JD Lord.
Tasse says if new safety recommendations were made after the 2012 incident, he still hasn't seen them.
Rocky "At any given time, the unintended consequences of the things that we're not aware of in our environment, can kill us"
Laura Hussey "We also reached out to the company that employs the contractors, DS2. They had no comment at this time. "