Coroner: Union man drowned after falling into chemical tank at Dayton business


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man is dead after he accidentally fell into a chemical tank at a Dayton business Tuesday morning, police confirm.

Just before 9 am, a call was made that a man at Techmetals, Inc. on Springfield Street had fallen into a tank that contained chromium chemicals. When the man was rescued from the tank, he was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed.

The Coroner’s Office has identified the man as 60-year-old Dana Swisher, of Union, Ohio. On Wednesday, the Coroner determined his cause of death as accidental drowning.

According to the call made to 911, the man fell into a tight space in the tank in an “accident,” making it difficult to pull him out. Co-workers attempted to pull him out of the tank, which the 911 caller said is about four feet deep. When they pulled him out, they performed CPR until medical crews arrived.

District Chief Mike Fasnacht with the Dayton Fire Department says the call initially came in as an industrial accident, then changed to a possible drowning.

Hazmat and Dayton Fire crews spent a while decontaminating the scene and officials said no other injuries were reported.

Once the Coroner’s Office arrived on the scene, police officials confirmed that Swisher had died.

Fasnacht said Swisher worked at Techmetals, Inc. for about 30 years, so he was a senior employee.

2 NEWS is working to learn more and will have additional details as they become available.


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